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Get Social To Get Fit What does it take to get you moving? For many, group fitness classes are the answer. Working up a sweat while having fun with friends can provide myriad health benefits, and never have there been so many options from which to choose. Barre, yoga, boot camp and spin are just a few examples of ways to improve health while enjoying the company of other like-minded individuals.

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Oklahomans of the Year Oklahoma Magazine recognizes the achievements of a diverse set of residents who made notable contributions to their communities and to the state in 2013. Who made the cut as an Oklahoman of the Year honoree? These six select individuals represent various backgrounds and fields of endeavor, but they have one thing in common – Oklahoma is just a little better because of their hard work and dedication.


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Taking inspiration from her family’s roots in Kenya, Nyakio Kamoche Grieco has created a skin care line that aims to bring great skin to the masses. African oils, Kenyan coffee and kola nut all play important roles in these recipes, which are derived from Grieco’s deep connection to her African family and its beauty secrets.

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Sam Harris is a well-known singer and actor hailing from Sand Springs. Currently living in L.A., Harris has published his first book, Ham, a collection of stories from his career in show business. The tales are at times hilarious and others tender and touching, and they offer a glimpse into the life of a star coming into his own.

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Tulsa’s Blue Dome District is about to get a taste of prairie living when Hope Egan’s new Tallgrass Prairie Table opens with a menu of home-on-therange inspired cooking and sensible, sophisticated touches. Brian Schwartz visits with Egan and her memories.

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR In 2006, TIME named as its annual Person of the Year “You.” “It’s a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before,” the article read. The magazine relished the opportunity to recognize the efforts of millions who supply the internet with valuable information, from the most newsworthy to the banal. Inevitably, each year when the editorial board of Oklahoma Magazine sits down to select its annual Oklahomans of the Year, I have the same thought. It is Oklahoma’s citizens who make this state what it is. Sure, there are those whose accomplishments stand out in a calendar year, such as the efforts of Tulsans Philip Kaiser and Chris Lieberman to bring a live music festival to Tulsa’s downtown. Then there are those whose lifelong work merits recognition, like Gary England, and his efforts to save lives through advanced weather warning, a feat that was particularly valuable in May 2013 during deadly outbreaks of tornadoes. It’s important to recognize the monumental efforts of those who continually contribute to the state’s well being; it’s also important, however, to recognize individuals whose work, though not necessarily headline-grabbing, is important nonetheless. My friend Andee Cooper is a single mother who commutes from her home in Bristow to Tulsa to work a full-time job at a nonprofit organization. Her son, Kannon, is a 5-year-old ball of energy that keeps her busy. Kannon suffers from Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that is difficult to manage. At times in his life, Kannon has suffered up to 70 seizures in a single day. It’s a tough diagnosis to take for any mother, but instead of retreating, Andee meets it head-on. She immerses herself in efforts to raise awareness of epilepsy and funds for research. In 2013, Andee organized a fun run and concert featuring Norman native and Broadway singer Emily Drennan. The events raised more than $11,000 for the Epilepsy Association of Oklahoma. Andee has turned adversity into something positive, and she is creating a better life for her son. She is my Oklahoman of the Year.


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a student of yoga. “By nature, I wouldn’t consider myself a physically active person, or much of a social person for that matter,” she says. “But I love yoga, and I love the yoga community that I’ve become a part of. I think that’s the case for many people. Not everyone is naturally into ‘group fitness’ per se, but everyone has the ability to find a physical activity that fits his or her individual personalities, energy levels and comfort zones. “I’ve found that once you find your niche class, it can spark new passion, and in turn, you discover connections with other people who share your passion does wonders for your spirit. It’s pretty amazing what sharing breath and energy in a room full of like-minded individuals can do to fuel your own energy level. Motivation, inspiration and compassion – it’s all there for your mind and body’s benefit.”

Contributor Lindsay Cuomo dug into several wedding trends for the annual Oklahoma Wedding section (p. 67). Having been a bride herself, Cuomo knows the challenges of pulling off a successful wedding. “Your wedding has probably been meticulously planned for months, maybe even years: Each detail carefully mapped out crafted to be the wedding to remember,” she says. “Yet, unexpected mishaps will probably happen. Don’t fret. Those surprises are often what will make your day uniquely yours. “Mid-ceremony, my shy, 5-yearold ring bearer refused to walk down the aisle. My sister-in-law escorted him and became a special part of our wedding. Guests commented on what a good idea it was, as if it had been planned all along. “My advice for the perfect day? Embrace the quirks. They are what make your wedding day uniquely yours.”







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Enhance The Natural Nyakio Kamoche Grieco draws inspiration from her past to enhance modern skin care.

n this great, big, complicated melting pot of a world we live in, the demand for simple, natural beauty products meant for all ethnicities and skin types is in demand more than it ever has been before. There is beauty in every culture, and embedded within each culture are countless secrets and stories just waiting to be unearthed, shared and celebrated. Through her own story, Norman-raised Nyakio Kamoche Grieco is taking the term “getting back to your roots” to a new level by bottling some of her family beauty secrets with her luxury skin care line, nyakio. A first-generation American of Kenyan descent, Grieco celebrates the unique sophistication of Africa by bringing some of its richest

natural ingredients to women of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds, all while encouraging the relevance and importance of enhancing what she calls the “best natural you.” “I think that there’s always room for growth within the beauty industry to manufacture more products with more good-for-you ingredients, and I think that it’s important to bring more products to market that tell stories about places all over the world,” she says. “Beauty comes from the inside out. It’s who you are on the inside that radiates to the outside, and I think that there’s a simplicity in African beauty that stems from simply taking good care of your skin, staying hydrated, eating right, getting enough rest and generally just being happy. One of the things that I really love about Africa is that JANUARY 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


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the people are genuinely happy – smiling, kind-hearted and warm. That general happiness and big smile is really coming from the inside. That kind of happiness naturally makes you a beautiful person on the outside because it’s enhancing your natural you.” Having moved to Norman from the east coast when she was 8 years old, when her Kenyan father became a professor at the University of Oklahoma (Jidlaph “Jid” Kamoche, who introduced African history to the university, died in 2013), Grieco grew up in Oklahoma during the school year but would spend summers in Kenya. It was during these trips to visit family that she acquired knowledge and appreciation for the beauty secrets and traditions of her heritage. After graduating from OU, Grieco followed her passions to Los Angeles, and while working in the entertainment industry, she discovered both her inner entrepreneur and a need she could meet in the beauty market based on the multiculturalism of Africa. She says that she saw a place for African ingredients and resources in the world of prestige beauty because she wasn’t seeing it being utilized. “I had always found it fascinating that there was all this greatness going on in Africa and beauty secrets from my family, and I wondered why nobody is using ingredients from Africa in a big way for all skin types in the world of beauty,” Grieco says. “I wanted to give the same representation of my childhood memories going to Africa in my products, where the feel and texture becomes a very sensorial experience. I really want to show the beauty and multiculturalism of Africa, and that not everyone in Africa looks like me. There’s blonde-haired, blue-eyed South African beauties, gorgeous women of Middle Eastern descent in the northern parts, Asian and Indian women… it’s very much like it is here as far as multiculturalism goes. These ingredients that we use in our products have been used for centuries in all parts of Africa. They’re timeless and tested, and I’m very excited to bring them here.” To achieve this goal, Grieco created a paraben- and sulfate-free beauty line that combines modern, test-driven formulas with natural African staples, such as African oils, Kenyan coffee and the kola nut (a highlycaffeinated, hand-harvested seed from the Ivory Coast). The running theme of caffeine, which is packed with antioxidants and anti-aging properties, brings to life a universal product with hydrating, revitalizing, smoothing and protecting benefits.



Having a grandmother (her Nyakio namesake) who ran a sustainable coffee farm and a medicine man grandfather, Grieco says that a passion for skin care is in her DNA. “My grandmother would take the coffee beans and boil them down and add oils and honey and use sugar cane rods to exfoliate her skin. I was always amazed at how she not only harvested the coffee and used the coffee to support her family, but she would also find use for it in skin care,” she explains. “I would also hear stories from relatives about my grandfather and how as a medicine man he was able to go out into nature and extract oils from things he grew on his farm to treat skin topically or have the ability to know what to find in nature to help his family with ailments. The ability to live off the farm naturally and use the ingredients in skin care really spoke to me on both sides of my family.” Grieco also has a passion for community work. As a founding parent of the Larchmont Charter School in West Hollywood, Calif., she helps provide a socio-economically, culturally and racially diverse community of students with an exceptional public education. She also sits on the committee for the music and arts festival Kidstock in Beverly Hills, which benefits the college scholarship program One Voice L.A. for underprivileged students in inner city schools. Grieco says she is continually inspired by the children she works with, particularly while volunteering for the nonprofit organization Art of Elysium, which encourages artists to dedicate time

and talent to kids who are battling serious medical conditions. “These kids teach me so much. They see the good in things despite what they may be going through. They don’t get weighed down – and many of them are dealing with major health issues or poverty,” she says. “They choose to celebrate the positive. Talk about beauty from the inside out.” MEIKA YATES HINES

As both a mother and an entrepreneur, Grieco is involved in many causes that benefit children.

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The author of How To Fail is doing anything but.

uthor Aaron Goldfarb isn’t doing too badly. His last book, How To Fail: A Self-Hurt Guide, has sold more than 100,000 copies. He contributes regularly to Esquire and chronicles his adventures as a beer aficionado on his website, The Vice Blog. The 34-year-old Oklahoma City native currently resides in the Big Apple, awaiting the release of his next project, SEAL Leadership: How To Run Your Organizations the Navy SEAL Way, co-written with ex-SEAL Mark McGinnis. “I get random emails everyday from people who loved How To Fail. I get invited to all sorts of weird events and places, including West Point, to talk. It’s been taught at colleges. And now pretty much anybody will answer my emails or phone calls. It’s touched some lives and it’s opened a few doors for me. I’m happy. Also, breweries send me lots of free beer and booze in the mail, which is probably the best perk.” The Putnam City North graduate came to New York City by way of Syracuse University, where he majored in filmmaking. Pursuing his dream of being a screenwriter, he optioned his first script the year after he graduated. It was never produced. Neither were the 16 that followed, though they were optioned, as well. He knew he was doing something right, and the bills were getting paid, but the Hollywood scene became a grind. Slaving over spec scripts that never saw the big screen. Endless meetings. Relentless schmoozing. Enough was enough, Goldfarb decided, and he turned his attention to writing books. He chose well.



“Screenplays aren’t really writing to me. They’re a more technical art form where you first master format and then paint by numbers within that format. Obviously, books can be anything you can possibly imagine. They’re easier to get made – and get made the way you want them to. It takes dozens – if not hundreds – of people to get a movie made. It takes only zero to a few people to get a book published. It’s one of the great things about the current state of the book market. If you’ve got something to say, there’s no excuse – not lack of money, not lack of support, not anything – for not getting your art into the world.” Goldfarb’s passions – writing and beer – collided in 2012 with his “30 Bars in 30 Days Tour.” It was then, and remains now, an unconventional approach to book promotion. He felt strongly that he wouldn’t find his audience at bookstore signings, and being a new author, he didn’t want to be that guy behind a card table with a stack of books and no line for signatures. So he packed up his stack and toured bars around the country to spread the word. He hit the mark and, in the process, found a lot more good beers than are available at the typical Barnes & Noble. The final stop on his tour was, of course, Oklahoma City. The adventures of How To Fail’s hero, Stu, are nihilistic and flat out racy. Goldfarb was unsure of how Stu’s shenanigans and tomfoolery would be received in his hometown, a fairly conservative place. There was no need to worry. The stop at Oklahoma City’s Belle Island Brewery brought out a lot of people and sold a big chunk of his stack of books. PAUL FAIRCHILD



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Pawhuska native Guy Erwin is the first openly gay bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He was elected in the Southwest California Synod in Los Angeles in 2013. He’s a member of the Osage Nation, has taught at Yale Divinity School and is the Chair of Lutheran Confessional Theology at California Lutheran University.

What do you hope to tackle during your six-year tenure as bishop? I think a lot about relevance. It’s a challenging time to be a part of a traditional church of European origins and ancient traditions in a world that’s changing so fast that we can barely keep up with it. How do we do church in a world that doesn’t depend on church happening for everyone? That’s the difficult and exciting thing. Christianity’s undergoing some pretty profound changes, and we don’t know what the outcome’s going to be. So how does a changing church find more relevance in the modern world? The first thing to think about is what people need. What are people disconnected from a faith tradition looking for? The church needs to be where those people can hear us. That’s the first step. The second step is for us to understand, as believers, as representatives of a conviction, what we have to say. What people want and what we think they ought to have aren’t necessarily the same thing. We have to try to find the sweet spot in between where we can make a meaningful connection. When others argue that homosexuality is unchristian, where in the Bible do you send them? Do you have a favorite verse or teaching that you go to for that conversation? There are so many places. The very few places in the Bible where there’s even a way to draw a connection to a balanced, same-sex orientation or lifestyle are tiny compared to the enormous trajectory of the Scriptures, and especially to the Gospel message that God loves us all. Jesus came for everybody, no matter what society thinks of them. – Paul Fairchild


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he Notable Tulsans Series, on display in the Whiteside Portrait Gallery at the Tulsa Historical Society Museum, is an ongoing exhibit featuring a collection of portraits of notable Members of the Whiteside PorTulsans. The series offers museum visitors a trait Painters work on portraits greater knowledge and appreciation for Tulsa’s history and of Rabbi Charles Sherman. the people that have helped make Tulsa what it is today, says PHOTO BY NATALIE GREEN. Maggie Brown, exhibits and education manager at Tulsa Historical Society. verse background of the models adds to the impact of the exhibit, “Each exhibit tells a different Tulsa story,” shares Brown. comments Brown. Inspired by similar portrait projects across the country, the No“Each series of paintings is interesting, historically, for the subject; and artistically, for the variety of styles and mediums used,” table Tulsans Series is a partnership between the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum and the Whiteside Portrait Painters, an informal explains Brown. “The grouped portraits allow visitors to see a dozen or more views of the same individual as well as biographical inforcollection of artists. The artists hope the series helps preserve the history of Tulsa by highlighting the impact of influential members of mation.” the community, explains Patricia Vestal, a Whiteside portrait painter. The Notable Tulsans Series has featured 20 influential Tulsans, beginning with novelist and educator Billie Letts. The latest collec“We embarked on painting portraits that would serve as a social commentary on our city,” says Vestal. “We hoped to portray people tion features Rabbi Charles Sherman, a 2005 Tulsa Hall of Fame honoree. in all walks of life and occupations who have given the city its The Notable Tulsan Series portraits are on display at the Tulsa unique spirit.” The Whiteside Portrait Gallery features a new collection every Historical Society Museum Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 two months. The unique style of each artist combined with the dipm. – Lindsay Cuomo



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Sam’s Ham A thoughtful collection of essays reflects upon Sand Springs native Sam Harris’ life.


am: Slices of a Life, the new book by Oklahoma native and national entertainment figure Sam Harris, is a lot of things. It is, by turns, harrowing and hilarious, uplifting and soul-shattering, agonizing and liberating. It’s a book that reveals the often-fallible humanity of celebrities, as well as the effects that celebrity itself has had on Harris and his life. It candidly explores his relationship with his parents as well as with his own son. It reveals episodes of near-suicidal depression, alcoholism and some tough times as a gay teenager in Sand Springs, yet it ends on an unrelentingly upbeat note. With Ham, the first-ever Star Search grand champion, Tony-nominated actor and million-selling singer-songwriter has crafted a deeply human and sensitive work. You could call it moving, you could call it enlightening and entertaining, you could call it oddly spiritual, you could call it art. Its author would prefer, however, that you didn’t call it an autobiography. “This is a collection of stories,” Harris explains. “It is by its true definition a memoir, because it is accounts of my life. But we think of memoir as autobiography, and it’s not. It doesn’t start when I was born and go through my life. I don’t think I’m important enough to warrant that; I don’t think that I care or anyone else does. So this is a collection of stories and essays from different moments of my life: childhood, show business, celebrity, fatherhood, family, love.” Harris would probably find plenty of people to argue that he certainly is famous enough to be the subject of an autobiography, and some of the stories in Ham bear testament to that idea, chronicling his interactions and adventures with friends like Liza Minnelli and Oprah Winfrey and fellow stars that include Aretha Franklin and Donny Osmond. (The Osmond essay may be the most surprising one in the whole book.) In fact, it was another celebrity friend of Harris, actor Frank Langella, who provided much of the impetus for Ham. “I’ve always written for my shows, and I’ve written for other people’s things, for musicals and for television, but the idea of a book just sounded so large and ominous,” he says. “Frank Langella had written a book that was released last year, and we’re very close friends, so he had seen a lot of my things. And he said, ‘Sam, why aren’t you writing more?’ “Again, it just sounded so big. And he said, ‘Just stay out of what it’s supposed to be. Just write. Just write.’ So I started to sit down and just write. I started with lists of ideas and things, and then I would write something. I wrote some of them chronologically, and others were from completely different times in my life. Something would happen, and I would jot down notes and come home and write about it. And all of a sudden, I had a pile of stuff.”



When he had somewhere around 80 pages of material, he showed it to a couple of friends, and they encouraged him to seek a publisher. After that, he recalls, “It really happened all serendipitously.” He started writing the stories and essays in April 2012, got an agent in August and sold the manuscript to Gallery Books, a division of the giant Simon & Schuster, the very next month. “And then I had to finish it,” he notes with a laugh. One of the things he decided to do – again, to make Ham a memoir rather than an autobiography – was arrange the essays so that they didn’t go in a straight chronological line. Instead, he looked at how the essays reinforced and played off one another. “I’ve been structuring shows for a long time, which is a different thing than a book, but I think there’s a theatrical arc to everything,” Harris explains. “So you juxtapose something funny against something that’s not, or, even within the pieces themselves, you write something that’s not funny and then diffuse it with something that is. Or you set it up with something that’s funny and then go to a deeper place.” There are plenty of deep places in Ham, and Harris never shies away from exploring them, no matter how excruciating the investigation might be. As it turns out, the deepest depths he plumbs are always inside himself. “I tried to be protective of other people, for the most part, but I’m pretty honest about myself,” he muses. “These stories are moments of my journey, and I have a perspective on that throughout the book. It was a survival tool, but I did see things with humor, and I did see things cinematically, as if it were a [movie] scene, and I was living in the details of it. “Also, as an egotistical actor – and this sounds so horrible – in many crises, I would say, ‘Remember this. Remember this so that you can use it later.’ I would see the crane shot. I would see the lights. It isn’t that I didn’t feel it at the moment, it’s just something that I think helped me process it better.” There are indeed crises faced in Ham, some caused by the ignorance, egotism or plain meanness of others. But the book is remarkably free of the score-settling, put-them-in-their-place elements that mark many memoirs and autobiographies. “Here’s the deal,” he says. “If you’re happy with who you are and with the choices you have made, and you think you’re a good person, then you can’t really be angry about any of what got you there. You have to celebrate even the challenges and the obstacles because they’re part of the fabric that gave you those choices, the opportunity for those choices, to make you who you are. “It’s like that high school teacher [in Ham] who told me, ‘You can’t remove one piece of yourself and expect to be the same person.’ So, as a happy person, I have to celebrate the obstacles as much as I celebrate what seemed easier.” That sense of celebration is likely one of the big things a reader will take away from Ham, which comes full circle at the end. Beginning with Harris as a young child playing to his father, it ends with Harris as a dad himself, realizing that the relentless drive to perform that has propelled his life for decades has given way, at least in part, to the greater reality of simple fatherhood. JOHN WOOLEY


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January is a good time to take stock of your finances.


hile many might consider the beginning of a new year primarily a chance to work on selfimprovement resolutions, it is also a good time to review one’s finances and to make plans for the coming year. Arguably, it might be more important this year than many others. “The number one thing, and all new this year, is the whole healthcare situation,” says Dean Hudgeons, senior vice president and location manager for Arvest Bank. “People will need to assess their personal situations because it appears almost all people are going to be paying more with higher costs and co-pays. People need to budget for more healthcare expenses, particularly if they have a pre-existing condition or needs. If you normally have $1,000 set aside for medical expenses, you might want to look at increasing that to $1,500 or $2,000, because healthcare expenses are likely to affect 50 percent of Americans. “The biggest issue,” he continues, “is



that 70 percent of Baby Boomers don’t have enough money for retirement, and healthcare costs are really going to hurt these people.” Secondly, Hudgeons says he still sees people living with too much debt. “People started to shave off debt after 2008, which is a good thing, but many still have too much debt. It’s a good idea to refocus on getting all debt cut down, except a mortgage if you have a good rate. If you do have a good rate, try to pay off other debts.” Hudgeons’ third suggestion is less finance and more strategy. “Start having family meetings once a month to remind family members of financial goals,” he says. “You can make it fun. We do graphs so kids can understand what they’re getting for what they’re giving up. Besides reminding the family of goals, you also celebrate achieving them. When you celebrate milestones, it helps keep everyone focused. Get together and discuss goals and strategy. One of the major mistakes of my grandparents’ generation was that they never discussed money.” When it comes to reviewing one’s personal financial holdings, Hudgeons says, “The bond markets are places that make

me nervous now. People on a fixed income are caught between a rock and a hard place. People living off their holdings are having a hard time because interest rates haven’t increased. The bond market has taken a big hit. People have gotten used to seeing bond rates increase. This year, they have seen their principles go down.” Hudgeons says one way to gain income is to find good dividend-paying stocks. “In terms of investment sectors, Hudgeons says energy is difficult to invest in because energy prices are down. He advises to look into sectors into which money is pouring, such as healthcare and biotechnology in particular. Still, Hudgeons says his biggest fear is that people will hand pick individual companies in which to invest. “Unless you’re Warren Buffett and you’re analyzing data all the time, it’s better to let professionals help you make choices. It’s too dangerous otherwise,” he says. “However, I think we’re in an emotional stage now where people are focused on saving and putting money away.” Proper analysis and planning early in the year can help make for a smoother financial 2014. MICHAEL W. SASSER

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Brooke Swain, Roberta Preston, Kendall McPeters and Janie Sallinger attended the Juliette Low Leadership Society’s Holiday Pearl Sale benefitting Girl Scouts.

Lynn Peacher, Kazuo Ishiguro, Peggy Helmerich and Gary Shaffer enjoyed the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author awards dinner.

Jeanne Mackenzie and her daughter Harper, and Lynn Jones shop at the Juliette Low Leadership Society’s Holiday Pearl Sale benefitting Girl Scouts.

Teresa Miller and Peggy Helmerich celebrate Miller’s induction into the Tulsa City-County Library’s Hall of Fame.

Bart Conner, Graham Colton, T.W. Shannon and Rich Taylor attended this year’s Creativity Ambassadors Gala.

Pat Lee, Dawn Duca and Barbara Thornton attended the annual holiday party of Children’s Medical Charities Association.

Louise Gamster, Leslie Gudgel and Janine Pride Kazuo attended the annual holiday party of Children’s Medical Charities Association.

Jake Henry Jr., Kathy Henry, Suzanne Warren, Cathey Barkley and Mike Barkley enjoyed the annual Painted Pony Ball, which benefited the Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis.

Leslie Paris, Toni McGee and Susan Thomas enjoyed the American Heart Association’s Circle of Red & Red Tie Society holiday fundraiser.

Mike Barkley, Kathy Henry, Chris Young, Cathey Barkley, Debbie Zinke and Jake Henry Jr. are pictured at the annual Painted Pony Ball, which benefited the Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis.



Erin Bucko, Katie Lieberman, Sarah McKinney and Katherine Silvey are pictured preparing for Rooftop Rendezvous Jan. 30 at Summit Club. The event, hosted by the Domestic Violence Intervence Services’ associate board, will benefit DVIS.

Tom Taylor and Mary Ellen Evans-Opstein attended the annual holiday party of Children’s Medical Charities Association.

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Seeing Red

A tailored, upscale design with an edge provides a downsizing homeowner with a unique reflection of his style. Photography by Scott Miller


tarting with an existing chocolate brown leather sofa and loveseat, designer Tracy Huntington, Allied ASID and owner of Element 360 Design in Tulsa, began to transform her client’s new home with a casual-yet-sophisticated look. “He has a unique, adventurous flair when it comes to style,” says Huntington of her client, which is why she knew the “seatbelt” chairs were the perfect accent piece in the living room. The original products used remnants of industrial seatbelts, but now each chair is made to order. In between the seating, a polished metallic occasional table brightly reflects the intense red hue. A wood and metal cocktail table was chosen for its solid, earthy design and sits on a textured jute and cotton area rug. Large replica Monopoly game pieces are a whimsical ode to the homeowner’s career in commercial real estate. Using the silver and red key color components featured in the over-

Harrington designed the master bedroom to have a sophisticated, understated feel.

An oversize skull print adds color to this rocker chic living area.

Huntington converted the formal dining room to an additional conversation area.

The focal point of the entire home design is the pair of bright red chairs fastened from industrial seatbelts.

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all design, custom pillows were fabricated for the sofa. The warm wall color is Sherwin Williams Nomadic. It provides a subtle background for the oversized iconic skull painting over the sofa. “The homeowner particularly likes that image, so I was excited when I found this piece,” says Huntington. Instead of a formal dining room, Huntington and her client chose to create an additional conversation area. The three chairs are from Norwalk and are custom covered with wool fabric. Two ottomans of cream, gray and brown velvet are placed together and provide a Huntington designed a display for comfortable footstool or, by using the homeowner’s prized guitar that features signatures of some of the a tray, can transition into a cocktail biggest names in rock. table. Draperies are fabricated with a men’s wool flannel suit fabric. Nearby, the black lacquer bar is accented with silver studs. Above, the remodeled by the previous owners, Huntinghomeowner proudly displays a guitar he ton made significant visual changes in the purchased at a charity auction that sports the kitchen. signatures of Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton, “We painted the original wood cabinets Jimmy Page, Carlos Santana, Slash, B.B. so the room feels larger,” she says. The King, Neil Young, The Edge and Pete Towncountertops are black granite, and Huntingshend. Huntington located the unique hands ton added a metallic tile backsplash. The that hold the guitar and accented the playful two glass pendants selected to hang over the style with a hand sculpture on the bar. She island cast a soft shade of purple. The black chose Sherwin Williams Hopsack, a deeper barstool seats are upholstered in gray while hued wall paint, that also flows into the open the backs reveal another splash of red. kitchen. The Hopsack wall color also flows into a While this midtown Tulsa home had been pass-through bar on the way to the master

bedroom. The cabinetry was painted red beneath the existing black granite countertop. Across from the bar, Huntington created a custom wall mirror by combining multiple angled sections. The master bedroom is classically understated. The headboard and nightstands were existing, while the two ottomans at the end of the bed were custom ordered and are polished nickel with gray metallic leather. Huntington worked with The Dolphin in Utica Square to procure the bedspread and throw. The new lamps follow through with Huntington’s blending of an array of tan, black and gray throughout the house with red as the predominant accent color. The walls are Sherwin Williams Latte. To create a comfortable lounge area on the back patio, Huntington chose a metal table with swivel dining chairs featuring a linen slipcover for easy maintenance. The accent pillows use fabric from Sunbrella. She also wanted to reflect the homeowner’s style by adding some personal touches, including an enlarged glass-coated wall hanging replicating some of the owner’s favorite sayings. TAMARA LOGSDON HAWKINSON

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This time of year brings kits, sets and palettes that offer amazing value and limited edition shades from great brands. For the lipstick junkie, BiTE Beauty offers The Lip Kit with four lipstick duos that can be worn either alone or layered. These eight shades have a creamy, hydrating formula. The Pomegranate makes for the perfect holiday red lip. bareMinerals READY Face & Body Luminizer comes with a plush over-sized brush. This luxurious, giant version of the popular mineral powder has three powders that blend into a perfect bronze for winter skin. Too Faced’s Be Merry Be Bright is a clever package of two palettes to create two different holiday-inspired looks.

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Stressful Stuff Disorganization impacts both health and happiness.


place for everything and everything in its place.” It’s a tidy phrase and an aspiring maxim. There are those who live by it, and then there are the rest of us. Whether you’re plagued by a chaotic work desk, an overflowing guest room or an entire house in disarray, your stuff isn’t just taking up space – it may be impacting health and crowding out happiness. “People who are chronically disorganized suffer emotionally, physically, socially and in their career,” says Dr. Lindsay Patterson, a clinical psychologist at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital in Tulsa. “Maintaining a minimum level of organization and structure allows people to be more productive and efficient in the use of their ‘work’ time.” According to Patterson, clutter competes for attention and, while it serves as a distraction, steals energy, slows progress and affects creativity. She notes that successful people are generally organized. They plan, prioritize and streamline work to accomplish desired goals, which leads to greater productivity and potential career advancement. She explains that disorganization has been linked to mounting stress, and everyday challenges, such as searching for lost keys, evokes a stress response. “The limbic system fires up as if there were a tiger outside the door. Blood pressure rises, heart and respiration increase, stress hormones are released and your immune system slows down,” says Patterson. “If you wake up late, can’t find your keys, don’t have your clothes and breakfast on hand, it sets off a chain reaction of nervous tension.”

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specialist, offers the following advice to help people get started. An organized spaced should be… Pleasing to the eye; Have useful items within reach; Have unrelated items placed elsewhere; and Be easy to maintain.



When Clutter Escalates So why do people choose to live in chaos? Anne Spero, a certified professional organizer and owner of Organized Living, a professional organizing service in Tulsa, has some insight. She has been featured on The Learning Channel’s documentary show, Hoarding: Buried Alive, and is also a chronic disorganization and hoarding specialist. She says there are various reasons why people become disorganized. She categorizes the causes into four areas: medical, situational, choice and non-instinctive. “Most of my clients are chronically disorganized, which means they have struggled with organization their entire lives,” she says. “They have had numerous failed self-help attempts, and it impedes the quality of their daily lives.” She often finds that these individuals have been diagnosed with conditions such as attention deficit disorder (ADD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression or other medical issues. Situational disorganization is triggered by a traumatic or overwhelming life event, such as a death, divorce, birth or a move. People become overwhelmed by a situation and have trouble putting everything back in order. Other individuals have the ability to organize but choose not to because they procrastinate, are too busy, dislike it or would prefer to hire out the service. And then there are those who Spero says, Spero also teaches her clients an easy acronym that was originally coined by professional organizer, Julie Morgenstern – SPACE: Sort, Purge, Assign a home, Containerize, Equalize (maintain). She adds that it’s essential to continually reassess progress in an effort to not become too overwhelmed and to also give yourself credit for every achievement, big or small. – RF

“just do not have the natural knack for order.” She says these last two types can usually maintain the organization systems once they are put into place. However, those afflicted with hoarding need additional professional help. Patterson explains that while ADD, depression, chronic pain and grief can lead to a buildup of clutter, at its extreme, compulsive hoarding develops. “Brain scans show that hoarders do have differences in the area of the brain involved in decision-making and planning,” she says. “In addition to difficulty making decisions, they do seem to experience actual pain in getting rid of something. I have heard it compared to the pain of a paper cut.” She also highlights that “true clutter is not the same as having all the supplies or components for a project around you. True clutter is likely to be dirty – collecting dust, breeding germs, providing hiding places for bugs, mice and worse.” Fortunately, the majority of people do not fall into this category, and the silver lining is that organization can be learned. “If people are aware that their lack of organization is a problem, they should ask for help,” says Patterson. She proposes reaching out to friends and family, gaining guidance from books and online resources, or accessing professional help through time management courses, professional organizers, therapists and executive coaches. In her work with clients, Spero believes it’s important for people to know that it’s okay to admit where they struggle. “Telling them it’s normal to be embarrassed and ashamed but asking for and admitting the need help is the first major step,” says Spero. “People are more likely these days to come out with their disorganization issues, than ever before. That kinship with others opens the doors to allow purging, organizing, cleansing and healing to occur.” REBECCA FAST

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Suds, Curds And More

The land of Laverne & Shirley offers more the cheese and beer.


Access: Milwaukee is served by General Mitchell International Airport Population: Approx. 594,000 in the city proper Climate: Warm, humid summers are followed by usually gentle shoulders of seasons and cold and snowy winters. Main Attractions: The remnants of a once-thriving beer brewing industry, arts and culture, dining and numerous festivals during the mild months.




he first thing potential visitors to Milwaukee – Wisconsin’s largest city – need to surpass is the impression of the “Brew City:” It isn’t as homogenous as it might have appeared in the TV programs that made the city a household name – primarily Laverne & Shirley and Happy Days. Nor is it a land of perpetual cheese, as rivals of Packer fans might cite. Instead, Milwaukee is a scenic, diverse and friendly city with a host of attractions and vibrant dining and nightlife – particularly nightlife revolving around locally crafted beers. Microbreweries have replaced some of the major breweries that once made Milwaukee the center of suds-brewing in the U.S. You can experience some of the best of Milwaukee in even a short visit. If you’re fortunate to be staying close to one of the local microbreweries, step in for an instant introduction to local culture. Sprecher Brewery and Buffalo Water Beer Co.

are both good options in demonstrating how the city has adapted to losing several major breweries in recent times. Saturday, acquaint yourself with other aspects of local brew culture. Miller-Coors Brewing Company has a huge visitors’ center, and a tour reveals the incredible scope of this historic brewing operation. For smallerscale brew culture, consider Lakefront Brewery or Great Lakes Distillery, the only distillery in the city; it produces premium vodka and gin. All of the suds and samplings will have you plenty hungry as the day draws on, and thankfully, Milwaukee cuisine is diverse and hearty. Enjoy fine dining at Sanford Restaurant, small plates and tapas at La Merenda, or indulge your meat craving at Milwaukee ChopHouse. Afterward, consider a nightcap at Milwaukee Brewhouse, which offers entertainment to go with its microbrews in a fun and friendly environment. Sunday is time to experience another side of Milwaukee culture – no hops required.

S TAY I N S T Y L E Iron Horse Hotel offers boutique accommodations in a friendly and comfortable environment, including welcoming bikers’ and travelers’ four-legged companions. None of that distracts from terrific service, an immaculate environment and comfortable rooms with numerous, thoughtful amenities. The Pfister Hotel is historic and classic, and this shows in design flourishes, fascinating architecture and old-world service. But it’s no dowager. Amenities include both a fitness center and a business center.



Milwaukee Public Museum is a must, with its IMAX theater and Butterfly Wing. Science buffs will want to see the Discovery World Museum at Pier Wisconsin, and the Harley-Davidson Museum is on most visitors’ itineraries. The Milwaukee County Zoo will entertain children and animal lovers. But whatever your itinerary, kick the day off with breakfast at Blue’s Egg, and you will power your way through to the afternoon. For your last evening in town, consider farm-totable dining at Braise or fusion cuisine at Crazy Water. Time permitting, consider catching a show at the beautiful Oriental Theatre. Sure, if you have a chance to stop by one of the city’s many farmers’ markets in season, you’re bound to find some specialty local cheeses, and feel free to indulge – but it’s not the only way to enjoy the best of this great city of the north.

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Of course, in Oklahoma, being granted this honor also means competing with country music stars and world-class athletes – two of our greatest exports. Additionally, it means competing with captains of industry and leaders in fields like energy, biomedicine and advanced agriculture. However, each year Oklahoma Magazine honors a handful of Oklahomans whose contributions to their communities and to the state stand out for particular recognition. Our list of honorees is by no means comprehensive. For every honoree, we know there are a dozen other residents who warrant consideration, and we hope that one day we will have the chance to spotlight them. It is encouraging to see that some of our honorees this year have been considered on multiple occasions before finally breaking into the honoree list this year. Oklahoma Magazine is extremely proud of this year’s Oklahomans of the Year, and we hope the diversity of our honorees is not lost on our readers. From health care to film industry development, we feel our honorees represent not just the best of our state, but also the diversity of her amazing people. Oklahoma was built on true grit. But today, it is our diversity that is our strength.

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OklahOmans of the Year

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In the weeks to follow, and certainly when it comes to Academy Award season, there is likely to be a lot of talk about August: Osage County, the film based on the play written by Oklahoma native Tracy Letts. Sure, there will be plenty of talk of Meryl, of Julie, of Ewan. But in national media, there might not be much mention of Jill Simpson. Simpson may not to want to claim credit for the film being shot in Oklahoma, but she deserves it. In fact, several high-profile films have been shot in Oklahoma in the past couple of years, and it’s unlikely any of that would have happened without the humble, hard work of Simpson. Besides the Oscar-buzzed-about August: Osage County, she was also the key to luring mysterious director Terrence Malick to the Sooner State to shoot his under-appreciated To the Wonder, starring Ben Affleck and Javier Bardem. Simpson serves as director of the Oklahoma Film & Music Office, overseeing a state industry that has had an economic impact of nearly $300 million since 2005.

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Jill simpsOn In that role, she markets Oklahoma as a viable location for producing motion picture, television and music projects, and she administers the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program, an incentive for film productions. Her office provides resources for every aspect of production, including personnel, locations, equipment and permitting. She also serves as a liaison to Oklahoma lawmakers, community leaders and businesses in an effort to increase awareness of the importance of the film and music industries in diversifying Oklahoma’s economy. Simpson and her staff have accomplished what they have with a handicap. While other states invest considerable resources in attracting filmmakers, Oklahoma’s is a fledgling, under-funded program that provides post-expenditure reimbursements. By any measure, the efforts of Simpson and staff have earned the state and its businesses many multiples in revenue compared to the pittance offered by the state legislature as rebate to draw films here. “When I knew they were looking to make a movie of August: Osage County, I first reached out to Harvey Weinstein,” Simpson says. “I began talking to the director two years ago.” August: Osage County was shot largely in Osage County, and from all media reports, it

By Me, Tough Guys, Labyrinth, Sister Act and Delirious and television series Sisters, Lateline and Just Shoot Me. But August: Osage County must be considered the most unlikely accomplishment. Oklahoma has one of the least ambitious efforts to attract Hollywood productions, despite clear evidence that such productions are boons to the local and state economy and provide jobs for numerous technical experts. Moreover, the rebate program is currently set to expire on June 30, 2014, eliminating the tiny incentive budget the state has provided. The result, as the savvy Simpson points out, is that other states will draw productions Oklahoma might have previously been was a wonderful experience for both cast and local residents. “We still had to fight to get August shot here,” Simpson says. “States like Georgia have much stronger incentive programs. If I hadn’t been talking to them for years and if the director (John Wells) wasn’t arguing on my side, the film would have been shot in Georgia or elsewhere.” Simpson knows the realities of Hollywood. Prior to joining the Film & Music office, Simpson spent 18 years in Los Angeles. Her credits include the films Igby Goes Down, Rumble Fish, The War of the Roses, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Stand

able to vie for. “Our’s is a rebate program, not a tax credit program, so money has to be spent to be reimbursed,” Simpson says. “The only thing we rebate are taxable expenses, which put money into the economy first.” Simpson hopes the State of Oklahoma will find a way to continue to fund the small rebate program – particularly after seeing its successes. But that rests in the hands of a state government that might or might not recognize the benefits of film production in Hollywood. “Some programs work, some don’t,” she says. “This one obviously does.” JANUARY 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM



When Tulsa’s beloved DFest passed into history, many lamented the loss of the music festival. But friends, music lovers and Tulsa boosters Philip Kaiser and Chris Lieberman stepped in to fill the void – even if they had never before organized a music festival. The result of their effort: The Center of the Universe Festival in July 2013, which attracted 80,000 people to the Brady Arts District over two days and instantaneously elevated Tulsa back to the attention of music festival lovers around the country. “Neither one of us had ever done a music fest,” says Kaiser. “We were very lucky to pull together a team of extremely talented people. Still, we had the support of the businesses in the Brady District, the city and a lot of people who wanted us to succeed.” Lieberman says the duo heard from some friends that a large-scale festival couldn’t be put together in the short time available. “That just made us want to succeed more,” he says. Both men brought diverse experiences to the effort. Kaiser has opened successful restaurants in Israel and in Tulsa (including Cosmo Cafe and Laffa Medi-Eastern Restaurant & Bar) and is active in numerous nonprofit organizations. Lieberman founded and



manages the Williams Route 66 Marathon, which, in its eighth year, generated millions of dollars in economic impact for the region. The two men founded Tulsanity, Inc., which produces the nonprofit Center of the Universe Festival. “One of the great things about keeping the festival nonprofit and local is that everyone comes,” Kaiser says. Kaiser, Lieberman and company started organizing for the July 2013 event in December 2012. In the world of major event planning, that is an incredibly short period of time. “We had to start with a budget,” Lieberman says. “We’d never done a festival before, but there were a few similarities to organizing the marathon. We must have had two or three meetings a week, learning how things are done and moving ahead. We didn’t even book talent until February, and we’d never

even seen a recording artist contract before. We almost put it off a year; it was a tight timeframe.” What they did have was desire, commitment to Tulsa and the support of virtually everyone in the community. The results might have been surprising. “We’d hoped to have 20,000 people each night,” Lieberman says. “That’s what we told the sponsors who would even talk to us. Now some of those same sponsors are calling us.” Some 80,000 people attended the two nights of the festival, catching the organizers by surprise, but also cementing the festival as a new summer classic for Tulsa. “When tickets hit 60,000 – I think we knew we were going to have a lot more people than we thought,” Kaiser says. Lieberman says he “knew in his heart” that the festival would be a success because a live-music-loving Tulsa would support it. Still, there came a moment when the sheer enormity of the accomplishment felt vividly real. “The best moment was Saturday night when we got the core people on stage together, and we looked out and there were people as far as we could see,” says Lieberman. “That’s when we realized we’d succeeded.”

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Upon graduating from the University of Oklahoma, Nico Gomez might have appeared to be headed for a career reporting on the coming changes to the healthcare system in Oklahoma, as opposed to heading the state Medicaid agency. After all, a degree in journalism usually leaves one on the outside looking in when it comes to government operations. However, after finding a passion for health care, Gomez had a meteoric rise through various governmental positions, culminating in an appointment as CEO of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) in February 2013. “I didn’t graduate wanting to be a government employee – it was simply a matter of opportunity,” says Gomez. He began his public service career as spokesperson for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in 1995. In 2000, he joined OHCA as public information officer. Five years later, he was appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives to serve on a state Medicaid reform task force. In 2008, he was named deputy CEO for OHCA. In the deputy role, Gomez was responsible for legislative communication at the state and congressional level as well as managing the governmental relations of several units.

“When the job opened up at OHCA, I had no idea what it was, but I know I wanted to be in a leadership role in the community,” says Gomez. He had also added a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in health care administration to his resume. Still, Gomez says that he found health care “very different,” but also discovered a rewarding culture of employees. “We all kind of wake up wanting to see if we can find a way to make a difference,” he recalls. “I wanted my life to mean something.” Gomez says he doesn’t have to look far for people whose lives have been improved because of access to health care – from the family that came up to thank him at the Oklahoma State Fair to the young man in Ardmore who survived an accident but is on a ventilator. “His mother won’t give up, and she wants

to see him off the ventilator, and so do I,” he says. Staying in touch with clients and following their progress has been Gomez’s calling card, and it’s been rewarding, he says. But he also recognizes that OHCA has a lot of work to do. “We have poor healthcare outcomes here, and half the children in the state are in the program,” he notes. Although he says he was only part of the effort, Gomez was proud to see Insure Oklahoma extended in 2013. The subsidy program helps many Oklahomans afford health care they might not otherwise be able to afford. Being able to help both employees and numerous others in need in the wake of the tornadoes in Moore was also important to Gomez in 2013. However, Gomez says that success in OHCA means serving fewer – not more – Oklahomans. “I would like to see fewer people in the program – not because of some Draconian cuts, but rather because people have higher incomes and don’t need it,” Gomez says. For those who remain in need, he says he would like to focus on improving Oklahoma’s teen pregnancy rate, its youth tobacco use rate, and help improve the lives of seniors. “I’d like to see better healthcare outcomes,” Gomez says. JANUARY 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM



When many Americans think of what they perceive as the great performing arts centers and arenas, their thoughts might wander to places such as New York or Los Angeles. Within the industry, though, even many Oklahomans might be surprised at just how well-regarded are Tulsa’s own BOK Center and Cox Business Center. The BOK Center was awarded Facilities Magazine’s Prime Site Award in 2008. Venues Today Magazine named the site No. 4 in “Top Stop for Concerts in the USA in 2010.” The list goes on. Tulsa’s significance in performers’ circles might be better known in the industry than the city itself. Ironically, the man who opened and has helmed the facilities for SMG (which manages both venues for the City of Tulsa) had never previously opened anything similar despite having facilities management experience of almost two decades. He’s John Bolton, the general manager of both the BOK Center and the Cox Business Center. He is also one of those awardwinning leaders who have made the BOK so well-known nationwide. He’s

attracted, welcomed and maintained the adoration of local and regional visitors and industry professionals since the BOK Center opened in September 2008. “I had the ability when I first came here to convince people to move here and be part of this,” says Bolton. “I was able to cherrypick people. We adopted the mantra that we wanted to be the best in the business, and we operated with that kind of mentality. I wanted us to take the chains off in all aspects.” No effort was too great, no opportunity too out-of-the-league for Tulsa, no amount of public relations on behalf of the people of Tulsa was too much. Then came the sellout acts – from country superstars to Lady Gaga. “Overall, I feel we’ve been pretty blessed to have been nominated as arena of the year, originally, and every year since,” says Bolton. Bolton recognized early on that there were two types of customers: The front-door group

of people, who wanted to support the facility, and the back-door audiences, who would come for major events. Both groups – and programming that appeals to both – needed tending and to be planned for in the longterm while making immediate experiences memorable. Engaging media, travel professionals and performance representatives, among others, has been key to the BOK’s lofty position, and while Bolton is quick to share credit with everyone from SMG to Tulsa residents, he clearly has a comprehensive vision that has come vividly to life. Although creating original programming has already been a part of SMG Tulsa’s success, Bolton says he wants to increase the effort. “Mostly, we need to continue what we’ve been doing and advocate with intensity and passion for Tulsa,” Bolton says. “Tulsa’s not high profile. There’s Houston and Dallas, and then what? Twenty options for one more show. We want to make sure we’re the option people look at.”

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Gary England still remembers well, around middle school age, running down to his neighborhood drug store, purchasing a camera and film, and taking off in search of his passion – even if that passion was a little scary. “I think like so many other people in the business, weather was just in my genes,” says England, vice president for corporate relations and weather development at Griffin Communications. “I loved weather and loved when I heard storms were coming in. But I was conflicted, too, because it was always scary. I remember the first TV weatherman I watched, and I was always interested. I liked weather from a very young age, and weathermen made such a huge impact on me.” In time, England would go on to become arguably the most trusted weatherman in Oklahoma, a state where weathermen often are thought of as celebrities. With Oklahoma City’s KWTV News 9 for 41 years, he earned a trophy case worth of accolades in the process. England is recipient of numerous awards and honors,

including three Emmys and the Silver Circle Award by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Heartland Division. England is Oklahoma’s top rated television meteorologist. In 1981, he became the first person in history to use Doppler radar for direct warnings to the public. The author of four books and the subject of another, England is also a popular public speaker. Besides appearing in the Steven Spielberg movie, Twister, he has become a much sought-after consultant for weather specials produced by television channels from all areas of the globe. In 2009, England, his weather team and News 9 were awarded the National Edward R. Murrow Award for best in the nation in the category of Breaking News/Weather in competition among all large television markets. For England, though, it was never about awards or accolades. “I love weather, and I’m

concerned about the people of Oklahoma,” he says. England’s new position with Griffin does not mean he has lost passion for either of those things, and he will continue his presence on-air with a segment called “Gary’s I’ll Keep You Advised,” focused on long-term weather patterns and events. As he describes it, England made the decision to step back from an everyday presence in many Oklahomans’ homes suddenly. “After the El Reno tornados (in May 2013), I called my wife and told her to come pick me up. ‘That was it,’ I told her, ‘No more,’” he says. So far, England hasn’t missed his on-air work much. “I suspect in severe weather, I might miss it a little – the chance to help people when dangerous weather is threatening. Yes, it is a high-stress environment, but it is also exciting, and I am constantly concerned about the safety of people. That became my real passion – the people of Oklahoma, whom I love.”

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Move your body, connect with others and keep boredom at bay with group fitness.

Smart phones, tablets, computers – much of the time we are sucked in, zoned out and mindlessly glued to them, disconnected from other people, going through the motions of our day-to-day and waiting for our next text message, email or Facebook update so that we may lock our eyes back onto a screen. Forget the threat of a zombie apocalypse. It’s already here. Online social networking has created quite a challenge. Not only are we spending more time being stationary online, we are not physically connecting with other people as much as we probably should be. A lot of what we do all day has become very isolating, but the cool thing is that we have the choice to put the toys down, get off our rears and be proactive. Research shows time and again that, like good nutrition and physical activity, social engagement is a component in quality of life and



successful aging. By fusing exercise with socialization, group fitness classes are an excellent way to improve overall health. “Studies have shown that people who are members of a peer group with a common interest are more successful with behavior change in the long term than people without a peer group to support them,” says Dr. Rachel Franklin, medical director of OU Physicians Family Medicine. “In addition to the emotional support groups provide, the positive peer pressure of exercising with a group often results in us working out harder than we would have had we been alone. “Group fitness classes often result in friendships among participants. Just as you wouldn’t want to disappoint your friend by failing to keep a coffee date, many people find that they hate disappointing their fitness friends. This motivation to support each other can help get a person out of the house early on a cold morning when she’d rather stay indoors.”

meeting others – can help us prioritize exercise as a part of our daily lives,” Franklin says. “The most successful group fitness opportunities involve a lot of positive reinforcement, where your fellow exercisers, and even the instructor, encourage your efforts and urge you on. We all love encouragement; if we know the class will boost our confidence, we’re more likely to attend.” Whether you are already an established active person looking to change things up or a workout newbie who’s never exercised before, group fitness is a surefire way to bring more energy into your life.

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Yoga classes at St. John Siegfried Health Club are packed with those looking to maintain fitness. PHOTO BY BRANDON SCOTT.

No doubt, fitness is fickle. Even the most active people will get bored doing the same things over and over, and since boredom is the number one reason people get in exercise ruts, group fitness is a great way to keep you on your toes. Workouts choreographed by trained instructors mix things up and keep things fresh, while motivating music combined with the presence of others who are all there for the same healthy reasons make for a fun and positive environment. Small studios and fitness centers are on the rise, with attention to individual interests, so a wide variety of group fitness classes are no longer confined to gyms and health clubs, taking what can be an intimidating and overwhelming aspect of fitness out of the equation for those who don’t consider themselves “gym people.” Challenging and fun, the environment offers a built in support system that provides motivation and accountability, where you may establish yourself within a community of like-minded individuals that can inspire you to want to be better in everything you do, in and out of class. “Having a prescheduled appointment on your calendar – especially when you know you’re

Boot- and fit camps have exploded in popularity in recent years, and for good reason. These classes are suitable for anyone and have proven to be highly effective in helping people make the lifestyle changes they need in order to achieve long-term weight-loss goals. With varied levels and modifications made by instructors, most of these classes involve free body motion using mainly one’s own body weight to increaseBy heart ratesYates and Hines burn Meika calories. From warm-up to cool-down, participants get a full body workout in about an hour. “There’s a lot of energy, and we as instructors work to keep the energy level high to keep everyone at a good pace. Fit camps help build self-confidence and self-esteem,” explains personal trainer Chris Goodson, who runs multiple fit camps around the OKC metro area. “People can complete a workout and not have to struggle with it. Involvement with others makes for a lot of unity – they all come together, have a great time and keep each other positive. It’s like a big family.” Goodson says that fit camp participants stay motivated because they are surrounded by others who are working just as hard, under the instruction and supervision of trainers that want to help. “In any group fitness class,” he says, “people feel more comfortable when they can see other people at their level doing the same work out. It gives them the motivation that, ‘If they can do it, I can too.’”

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In a survey conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine, high-intensity interval training classes are at the top of the list for fitness trends. These workouts use a combination of exercises performed in short bursts of high intensity, followed by low to medium intensity recovery periods. Currently one of the most popular classes around, CrossFit is an extreme, high-intensity strength and conditioning system built on constantly varied functional movements. Another big one is TRX suspension training. Developed by Navy SEALS, TRX challenges the body in every way possible by using body weight and gravity as resistance. Like with any class, there are different levels available, and workouts are aimed at people who are already accustomed to exercise and are looking for something different and challenging. For the rush of a high-intensity exercise on a less extreme – if not more fun – level, going nowhere fast has never been more exciting than a spin class. Involving a stationary bike and riders pedaling as hard as they can while adding and subtracting resistance, there’s a strong sense of camaraderie among spin riders. Most students will tell you that there’s nothing like finishing a class feeling exhausted,

Chris Goodson, an Oklahoma City fit camp instructor, says the unity in his classes keeps clients motivated. PHOTO BY J. CHRISTOPHER LITTLE.



accomplished and part of a team after sweating it out in a dimly-lit studio with heart-pounding music. “Though you’ll get an amazing workout, many people go just for the atmosphere,” says Hillary Kallenberger, spin instructor at OKC’s Moxieride studio. “We’ve seen people really transform. There’s something about this kind of group fitness when you’ve got everyone cheering one another on, telling you, ‘Awesome job!’ and ‘Way to go!’ Where everyone is pushing each other and supporting each other, especially when you have a goal like weight loss.”

Contrast to the Norm On a different end of the spectrum, dance fitness is seeing a boom in participation for more than the “get fit” element. Getting your body moving (and maybe your booty shaking) to rhythms and beats can be a liberating experience. From hip-hop and Bollywood to pole dancing, people are swarming to these group classes and having a blast working their cores and legs, getting cardio fixes. Zumba – one of the veterans of the genre – combines fitness, entertainment and culture into a dance fitness considered by many to be more like fitness parties.

The blend of upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography provides a totalbody workout that feels like a celebration. “Dance fitness is low-impact exercise, so although you may get a little sore, your body does not hurt. You can keep up with it; it’s a totally manageable hour. We have fun, it’s light-hearted and you get to do something that you wouldn’t normally get to do,” says Whitney Young, barre instructor at Fusion Fitness and Yoga in Norman. Barre classes allow participants to stretch like a dancer and emulate the poise, grace and repetitive combinations dancers practice to perfect in an actual ballet class. Although classes may vary in workouts, some having more or less cardio or yoga/pilates undertones, the barre is key and used as a stabilizer and reminder for balance. Pulsing movements target, warm up and work out ligaments and tendons to sculpt and stretch muscle tone, helping to create a long, lean dancer physique. “I’ve had so many students tell me that they’ve always wanted to take a dance class but have always been too intimidated to take a class with other dancers. That’s the nice thing about fitness on a dance level – everyone comes in on the same playing field because the competition part has been removed,” Young says.

Spin instructor Hillary Kallenberger instructs students at Moxieride. PHOTO BY J. CHRISTOPHER LITTLE.

Mind-body Connection Complementary to any workout or fitness routine, or simply good rolling solo, yoga speaks for itself, and its ability to maintain popularity shows that it works. Evolving from traditional yoga, Westernized yoga has spawned different styles to fit the needs of every person, no matter the age, size or fitness level. Improving flexibility, range of motion, strength and posture while reducing stress and anxiety, yoga classes are an enjoyable, lowimpact way to join a fitness community while making a connection between mind and body. In yoga, students combine different postures set at a pace and level that suits their individual needs with controlled breathing and relaxation techniques.

In a go-go world, Tiffany Porte, owner and instructor at Yoga at Tiffany’s, says that a yoga class is a venue to learn how to let go of some of that pressure. “People who are new to yoga often come in looking for a ‘workout’ and don’t necessarily get what they initially came for, but they leave with exactly what they need, because a yoga class is so much more than you expect,” she explains. “It happens very organically. Yoga is a practice for overall well being as opposed to just fitness. We work on the internal, as much as the external. Like, you don’t do weights and think, ‘I’m going to be loving to myself and others today,’ or think, ‘I’m going to be honest with myself this week’ in a spin class. With yoga, there is a philosophy that focuses on multiple levels of awareness; and with awareness, there’s

growth, whether it’s [needing] balance in life or how we treat others and ourselves. All are aspects of yoga – finding acceptance of who we are in each posture, in each movement and in life.”

Keep In Mind Making it to that initial class is the hardest step, and everyone there was once a newbie. Doing a little research, talking with an instructor to ask questions before signing up and taking a friend with you are some of the best things to do when starting. “There are as many different types of exercise classes as there are personality types, so finding a class or classes that fit your interests fuels your spirit and keeps some diversity in your training,” says Franklin. JANUARY 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


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Winter is here and we have an outside pet. Is it okay for my pet to stay outside when it’s below freezing or snowing?

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Is there a limit as to how long a corporation or limited liability company (LLC) may exist? No. In Oklahoma the term of existence of a corporation may be limited at the time of formation. However, if the articles of incorporation do not specify a term of existence, then the existence of Brad Beasley the corporation will be perpetual. Similarly, an LLC’s existence may be for a specified term or perpetual. However, the articles of organization, which are filed to form an LLC, must specify the term of existence. Both a corporation and an LLC may be terminated at any time. Termination of a corporation requires board approval and consent of a majority of the shareholders, or the unanimous consent of all shareholders. The written consent of the members is required to terminate an LLC.

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Many breeds with long, thick hair are fine in the cold. However, if you have a breed with short, thin hair, it should only be outdoors for a short period Dr. Rodney Robards of time during freezing temperatures. Elderly and arthritic pets should be given extra care during the winter. The cold can leave their joints stiff and tender. As a rule of thumb, you should not leave your pet outside longer than you would be comfortable being outside in the cold. Also, your veterinarian can check your pet for any medical problems that could make it more vulnerable in cold weather.

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PHYSICAL THERAPY I hear “grinding” or “crunching” in my neck. What is going on? The cervical spine is made up of seven vertebra, and all are connected together by two joints (facets) at each level. These joints control and guide movements in our neck and are reTodd Petty, sponsible for the “noise” we hear durPT/CSMT ing movement. As we age, the joint surface cartilage will progressively become worn and eventually begin to limit joint motion. As the cartilage breaks down, the joints may become painful and affect functional movement. Outside factors influencing this situation may be previous trauma, poor neck posture sustained over time, or a family history of degenerative joint disease. A skilled Physical Therapist can determine if your “neck noise” is an early sign of an underlying problem. Discuss this with your physician and ask to be referred to a Physical Therapist for a complete evaluation and recommendation.

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MEN’S STYLE CONSULTANT How can I dress like a CEO with a low-dollar budget? First of all, know that you can look like you spent a lot by spending very little. There are too many men out there who have fallen into the trap of paying thousands of dollars for one suit. Now men feel as if that is the Autumn Pohl unreachable standard. Fortunately, with the help of a personal style consultant, you can prevent yourself from overindulging and overpaying. High prices do not always equal high quality. My number one rule, for whatever suit you chose, is choose the fit that makes you look as if it was made for your body. Taking your wardrobe to the tailor to achieve that fit is the best thing you can do for yourself, plus it’s inexpensive in comparison to buying designer. Your perfectly tailored suit will get much more attention and credibility from the boss than any high-priced suit made for the masses. The right fit and confidence will put you at the top, right where you need to be.

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My significant other is always telling me that I am too emotional. I’m not even sure what that really means. Is there such a thing, and what do I do about it? There are degrees to which each individual expresses emotion, often stemAmy Kesner, PhD, ming from previous experiences and LPC, LADC what was fostered in ways to express thoughts and feelings. We filter expression of emotions depending on the situation. For example, the way I share my emotions will vary when I am at home with family versus standing in line at a supermarket checkout. Some may struggle with using this filter appropriately. Also, the way we perceive emotions from others can also be skewed, causing us to feel hurt or angry at the slightest change in a person’s tone or facial expression. To begin addressing such concerns, it is important to learn the function of emotions and to understand they serve a purpose. Though they serve an important role, emotions are not designed to dictate our behavior. Therapy is often designed to help individuals understand the natural function of their emotions more clearly so that they can utilize them appropriately and advantageously.

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BUSINESS BANKER What is net worth, and why is it important when applying for a business loan? One of the most important factors that our bank considers when evaluating a business loan request is whether the client has sufficient net worth to qualify for a loan. Net worth is a Sean Kouplen company’s equity or assets in excess of liabilities. This is the cushion a business uses to operate when their cash flow suffers. This cushion can be excess cash owned by the business or owners; it can also be equity and assets that can be turned into cash in tough times. We analyze the applicant’s financial statement to determine if the cushion is adequate. Sometimes, business owners mistakenly withdraw much of a business’ cash when things are good, and there’s no cushion available when times get tough. Business owners that have an adequate cushion demonstrate discipline in their finances, making them a great candidate for a business loan.

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Join us for our inaugural Pink Stiletto Soiree.

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Shrimp and grits are given gourmet treatment at Tallgrass Prairie Table. PHOTOS BY NATALIE GREEN.

On The Prairie

With an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients, Tallgrass Prairie Table hopes to highlight slow food.


here she is: A tiny, 3-year-old girl perched on a stepladder watching her grandma knead the dough for biscuits. Or, again at 3, mashing fruit to make jelly. Or sitting down to a family dinner where every ingredient, from corn to steak to greens, was harvested hours before from the family ranch or garden. “All my childhood memories center on the kitchen,” says Hope Egan. It’s many years later and Hope, after 26 years in the restaurant business, is about to open one of her own. After a day spent supervising workers putting the finishing touches on the ruddy brick walls of the 100-year-old building that will house her restaurant, Egan, with her own child, a golden-haired girl of 7, in tow, is grabbing a quick meal at a nearby restaurant. “I had no idea how special it was,” Egan muses, “the way my family cooked meals. I’m a big supporter of the slow food movement,

but for them, long before the term was invented, slow food was a way of life. I wish I’d paid more attention to the way my grandma pickled okra. I’d be making it for the restaurant today.” A meal at Tallgrass Prairie Table is as close as you can come to dinner at the family farm. “You’ll know where your food comes from,” says Egan. The chickens come from Living Kitchen Farm near Depew; the pigs are Berkshires, a breed from England, and are raised at a nearby farm. The beef will come from Z7 Bar Ranch, a sprawling spread set in the verdant, rolling hills of Osage County. “Oklahoma,” Egan enthuses, “has such a wealth of lamb, beef, chicken, goat, duck – and we can get it.” The wood-fire grill has a spit long enough to roast an entire animal, and in fact, the restaurant will offer a snout to tail tasting menu. The entire menu will change often. “That’s how we can stay local, by conforming our menu to what local farmers have to offer. Our goal is to be 80 percent local,” says JANUARY 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM





Owner Hope Egan has transformed the Blue Dome District space into a rustic, chic dining room.

Michelle Donaldson, “and that’s not easy to do.” Alert, mercurial and a genius in the kitchen, Michelle Donaldson, now sitting across from Egan’s daughter, is the chef at Tallgrass. A Cordon Bleu graduate, Donaldson has also done stellar work in Tulsa at Polo Grill, Lava and SMOKE. She too ate childhood dinners fresh from the family farm, but her mother was Belgian and imparted a love of French cuisine. “Our cooking style is farm-to-table Modern American,” she says. “My favorite dish is the beef cheek ravioli with smoked pig’s feet jus,” she says. “But I also love the spicy hot fried chicken with Thai red curry gravy and chili-lime slaw.” “We’re locally sourced but globally inspired,” Egan chimes in. Did you like the food, they ask Egan’s daughter? She’s shy, and she hugs her mom. But it’s obvious that she’s already a sophisticated diner. The quick work break is finished now, and Egan and daughter walk back to the Tallgrass building to check on workers. Her whole day, it seems, is work. “I’m an avid reader,” she says, “but I haven’t had time to look at a single book this past year.” She gazes with approval at the glowing 16-foot pine ceilings, at the large dining room, gleaming with mellow, reclaimed wood from antique barns that will house both farmhouse-style tables and more formal banquettes set with starched white linen. Is she nervous about the opening? Excited? What does she feel? “I feel gratitude,” she says. “It’s not everybody who gets to live their dream.” 313 E. Second St., Tulsa. 918.933.4499 BRIAN SCHWARTZ



In Medieval times, a trencher was a piece of stale bread that served as a plate. Over time, the bread was replaced by a plank of wood and became a rudimentary plate. When you order your meal at Trencher’s Delicatessen, it is served on just that: A thick plank of wood with two handles that make for easy carrying. And when you bite The Reuben served on a Trencher’s into one of the deli’s sandwiches Delicatessen namesake. PHOTO BY NATALIE GREEN. made with fresh ingredients and fresh-baked bread, it’s a satisfying feeling perhaps akin to eating a Medieval ing and sauerkraut on homemade marbled rye, feast. The detail put into each order is evident, it’s a comfort sandwich. Trencher’s also offers from the crusty exterior of the breads to meats a wide vegetarian and vegan menu, including cooked and smoked in-house and homemade eggplant caponata sandwich with raw garlic potato and beet chips. The corned beef takes puree and basil. Breakfast at Trencher’s about two weeks to prepare, and the time and includes breakfast sandwiches, tofu scramble love put into it is evident; the meat is tender and muesli as well as strata and pastry. 2602 and has distinct flavor from the brine. Served S. Harvard Ave., Tulsa. www.trencherstulsa. as part of a Reuben with swiss, Russian dresscom – Jami Mattox FAV E S

Leland’s Tailgate Dip at Wes Welker’s Sports Bar and Grill PHOTO BY J. CHRISTOPHER LITTLE.

WES WELKER’S SPORTS BAR AND GRILL Just because it’s categorized as a sports bar doesn’t mean you settle for a few plain hot dogs and a basket of limp French fries at sleek Wes Welker’s Sports Bar and Grill. Yet, the Oklahoma City establishment may refrain from classifying its comfort pub food as “upscale.” Simply put, you’ll find a menu laden with familiar and regional favorites dressed in unexpectedly decadent ways. While watching namesake Welker catch a 50-yard pass for the Denver Broncos on the artfully arranged (and plentiful) TV screens, you could be munching on appetizers like Leland’s Tailgate Dip – cream cheese, salsa and cheeses in an iron skillet – and the Butcher Block (an assortment of meats, cheese, greens, mustard and bread) or go for entrees stacked with ribs, steaks, rotisserie chicken or dry-aged pork chops. Sides are pretty special, too. How do green chili macaroni & cheese or smoked gouda mashed potatoes grab you? We thought so. Bar options are impressive, and Wes Welker’s is especially abundant in beer, with more than 80 varieties, including such artisan potions as Sawtooth Ale, 400 Pound Monkey and the ginger-infused Good Juju. All this combined with a great atmosphere for hanging with friends and reasonable pricing makes 3121 W. Memorial Road, Oklahoma City. – Karen Shade

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SMOKE. On Cherry Street

Biscuits and gravy are served with eggs and country potatoes at Smoke. PHOTO BY CASEY HANSON.

No meal is as luxurious or as decadent as Sunday brunch. Breakfast fare is kicked up a notch and served with champagne – what can be better than that? At SMOKE, no brunch is complete without biscuits and gravy. The biscuits are cakey and thick and cut from a pan, similar to that of cornbread. Smothered in creamy sausage gravy, it’s a taste of what brunch should be. Also, be sure to try the chicken-fried bacon, a thick cut of cured pork that is battered and fried and served with a spicy Romesco sauce. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a spicy Bloody Mary from Smoke’s extensive bar. 1542 E. 15th St., Tulsa. www. – Jami Mattox

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GIVE BEETS A CHANCE It’s the stuff of nightmares: How many of us remember being forced to eat those pickled, canned beets as kids? Fresh beets, on the other hand, are so good for you and so delicious, they’re worth revisiting. So, put the can opener away along with any other preconceived notions you have of this colorful and incredibly versatile root vegetable. While fresh beets can be prepared a number of ways, they are especially tasty roasted because of the beet’s natural sweetness. Packed with vitamins A, B, C, potassium, fiber, beta carotene and more, beets added to your diet can help prevent a variety of ailments. Because beets also contain an amino acid called betaine that acts as a natural antidepressant, they can be beneficial in helping treat depression. They are also an excellent source of folate that is vital during pregnancy. So whether you want to enjoy them in a steaming bowl of borscht or simply roasted, beets are definitely worthy of a second chance. – Jill Meredith

Sauced on Paseo

Back east, a pizza is a pie, and a pie is done only one way: New York style. Oklahoma City’s Sauced on Paseo takes that formula seriously, dishing out big slices of thin, crispy crust pizza layered with fresh toppings and crowned with awesome names like the Loaded Hawaiian, Green Lantern and Spartacus. Build your own mix, have a salad or sandwich and take in the relaxed and groovy vibe that borrows its cozy, eclectic verve from the art galleries dotting the city’s Paseo Arts District. Fine art aficionados will appreciate Sauced on Paseo’s efforts to inspire and promote creativity through displaying original work. It may be a bit chilly for the popular patio, but there’s plenty of Boho charm on the inside. 2912 Paseo Dr., Oklahoma City. – Karen Shade A slice of the Green Lantern at Sauced on Paseo. PHOTO BY J. CHRISTOPHER LITTLE.

Roasted Beets 6 small whole beets 2 tbsp. coconut or olive oil Salt and pepper to taste 2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Have handy a large, rimmed baking sheet. Wash beets well. Leave the root attached, but trim most of stem, leaving about an inch. Toss with oil and wrap each beet in foil. Roast for 50-60 minutes, or until the tip of a sharp knife can slip into the center of the beets without resistance. Remove from oven. When beets have cooled enough to handle, peel and cut into bite-sized pieces. Adjust seasoning, if desired, and garnish with chopped parsley.



Entertainment G R E AT T H I N G S T O D O I N O K L A H O M A



Entertainer Tony Bennett shares the good life and his legendary voice at the Tulsa PAC.

t can be easy to dismiss an entertainer of some longevity – even one of the caliber of Tony Bennett – and say the best days are behind him. But it wouldn’t be true. Just as one of Bennett’s signature songs goes, “The best is yet to come.” Beginning his mercurial career just after World War II, Bennett has witnessed six decades of music and watched recording artists and pop stars alike come and go. Few possess staying power to match. Most did not. From his vantage point, Bennett has the benefit of not just experience but also study of our music culture. If anyone can see the tides clearly, it’s him. Perhaps more than any other popular entertainer, Bennett has kept the standards relevant, recalling another age of music that bore legends like Lena Horne and Frank Sinatra, while actively continuing his career beyond that golden age. Through such efforts as his Duets

album and the 2011 follow-up Duets II, Bennett has encouraged new talent through collaborations on timeless songs. Duets II features arrangements showcasing Bennett with Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Carrie Underwood, Josh Groban, Norah Jones, Michael Bublé and the late Amy Winehouse, among others. Bennett won’t be alone for his upcoming show in Tulsa, either. The Tulsa Performing Arts Center welcomes Bennett to the Chapman Music Hall stage at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. Joining him in the spotlight will be Bennett’s daughter, jazz singer Antonia Bennett, for a special performance on a special night for music fans of all ages. Tickets are $54-$114 and available online at as well as by phone at 800.364.7111. The Tulsa PAC is located at 101 E. Third St. in downtown Tulsa. To read more, visit KAREN SHADE JANUARY 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM








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COMMUNITY The Oklahoma Wedding Show “Premier” is written all over this event, and we should know. Oklahoma Magazine presents the 2014 Oklahoma Wedding Show, Saturday, Jan. 18, at Central Park Hall at Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St. The annual soiree invites bridesto-be to visit with elite wedding industry professionals as well as to sample work by wedding photographers, caterers, florists, bakers and many more. Get answers to your questions about venues, entertainment, receptions and so much more, and don’t forget about the bridal fashions runway show featuring some of the most gorgeous gowns of the season by top labels. Plan to stay a while: Throughout the day, drawings will be held for amazing items and packages totaling more than $12,000 from our generous vendors. What will you win? There’s only one way to find out. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Read more about your VIP experience at www.



Museum of Art.

Still on the Hill

Jan. 31 The Ozark folk duo of Kelly Mulhollan and Donna Stjerna play bluegrass and folk at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center. www.

The Little Rock Nine

Jan. 31 The internationally-acclaimed Lula Washington Dance Company tells the story of nine black students who crossed lines to attend Central High School in segregated Little Rock, Ark., in 1957 through art and dance at the Grand Prairie Center on the University of Arkansas-Philips Community College campus in Stuttgart, Ark.

Beauty and the Beast Jan. 31-Feb. 2 The romantic Disney animated film is lovingly brought to the musical stage through outstanding costume design and stage magic at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www. Durang Durang! Jan. 31-Feb. 9 Heller Theatre fits five short plays by Christopher Durang into an absurdist’s dream come true on stage at the Henthorne Performing Arts Center. The Drunkard and The Olio

Ongoing The melodrama continues with heroes, damsels in distress and over-the-top characters plus an entertaining revue of songs and theatrics most Saturdays of the year at the Spotlight Theatre.

James Judd with Tulsa Symphony

In Concert NYE Rave 2014

Dec. 31 Featuring Cole Patterson and Knic Knac at the Vanguard Music Hall. www.

Parker Millsap

Performances Ghost-Writer

Jan. 10-Feb. 1 When a famous novelist dies mid-sentence, his secretary finishes his final book and wonders at her own talent for writing. www.

Mozart and Prokofiev

Jan. 11 Tulsa Symphony and guest conductor James Judd touch extreme ends of the musical spectrum with Mozart’s dark, passionate Symphony No. 40 and Prokofiev’s frolickying Symphony No. 5 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

Sizzling Sparklers

Jan. 11 Pianist Conrad Tao joins Joel Levine and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic to perform one of the most difficult concertos of all time, Prokofiev’s Piano Concert No. 3 at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.

TU Jazz Happy Hour

Jan. 16 Listen as TU jazz student musicians play the Zarrow Center for Art and Education.

Shanties, Songs and Serenades

Jan. 20-21 Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble brings a lively program of works for a bright new year to All Souls’ Episcopal Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Oklahoma City.

The Ten Tenors

Jan. 24 The Australian vocal group brings its hit show blending all genres of music into a night of song at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center.

Wingapalooza at the BOK Center Jan. 24-25 Stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic share the music of the ‘60s in a new show of classic popular music from the Beatles to the Four Seasons at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.


Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!

Jan. 25 What began as an underground percussive dance phenomenon is now a hit show by Rhythmic Circus complete with live music from rock to salsa and blues at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

Nicholas Andre Dance

Jan. 25-26 Choregus Productions welcomes the dance company renowned for highlighting a blend of modern dance disciplines with athleticism and high art to the Cascia Hall Performing Arts Center.

Jan. 26 Tulsa Children’s Museum welcomes the Chicago-based band that brings together the sounds of Indian music, reggae, Afro-Caribbean and more at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.

The Midtown Men

Oaklawn’s Opening Weekend in Hot Springs, Ark.

Classics Opera Jan. 25 Signature Symphony plays the best of opera at the VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education at Tulsa Community College with special stars Sarah Coburn, George Dyer and conductor Piotr Sulkowski.



Jan. 14-19, Jan. 21-26 Velma Kelly, Roxy Hart and those scandalous divas of the cellblock kick up something to talk about in Bob Fosse’s Jazz Age musical at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall Jan. 1419 and at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Jan. 21-26.

Arts Center.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change Jan. 24-Feb. 2 Modern relations are com-

plicated, and Theatre Tulsa explores all the turns and delights in the popular musical at the Tulsa Performing


Moscow Festival Ballet

Jan 27-28 The celebrated dance company returns to Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond with two classic tales set to music and dance – Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote – in two nights.

The Odd Couple

Jan. 29-Feb. 15 Neil Simon’s comedy of mismatched roommates squeezed into a New York City apartment goes up at Lyric at the Plaza.

A Night at the Opera

Jan. 30 Tulsa Camerata presents a collection of “small-scale” works by some enormously important composers (Strauss, Brahms, Schubert, Mahler) along with Tulsa Opera at Philbrook


Jan. 3 Mercury Lounge. www.

Carrie Newcomer Jan. 5 Performing Arts Studio @ The Depot. Waka Winter Classic


Tulsa Playboys

Jan. 9 Cain’s Ball-

Jan. 10 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

Katt Williams Jan. 10 First Council Casino & Hotel, Newkirk. Travis Ledoyt

Jan. 11 Riverwind Casino, Norman.

Katt Williams Jan. 11 Lucky Star Casino, Concho. The Stray Birds

Jan. 11 The Blue Door. www.

Wayne “The Train” Hancock Shrine.


Jan. 16 The

Jan. 17 Opolis Production. www.ticket-

Melvin Seals

Jan. 18 The Shrine. www.tul-

Tony Bennett Jan. 19 Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Railroad Earth

Jan. 22 Cain’s Ballroom. www.

The Front Bottoms

Mountain Sprout

Patty Griffin

Jan. 22 The Conservatory. Jan. 23 The Shrine. www.

Jan. 24 With Anais Mitchell at the Blue Door.

teams in the Tulsa area. Eight games are played in one day at the BOK Center.

International Finals Rodeo 44

Jan. 1719 Big rodeo action hits the Oklahoma State Fair Park fairgrounds with events such as bronco and bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, team roping and more. Rodeo events also include a Western gala, tradeshow, old timers reunion, meetings and more. This event is held in partnership with the IFR 44 Bucking Stock Sale, Jan. 14-15.

OKC Charity Fight Night

Jan. 23 The gloves go on for the black-tie boxing night with celebrity hosts and entertainment at the Bricktown Events Center.


Jan. 24-26 Professional bull riders buck their way to cash prizes and glory with one hand for the original extreme sport tour at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

ABA Sooner Nationals

Jan. 24-26 BMX bike racing gets to the starting line of a new year of racing at Expo Square.

OKWA Kids Novice State Championships Jan. 31-Feb. 1 Youth wrestling at Expo Square.

Family PERFORMANCES Chicago When you “give ‘em the old razzle dazzle,” it often means someone is getting the better of another. No wonder the phrase has been popular among bickering politicians lately. When a musical theater major hears it, she reaches for a bowler hat and breaks out in one of the most audacious songs from Chicago, that scintillating Kander and Ebb dark comedy musical that’s been on the road to everywhere and back since its wildly popular revival opened on Broadway in 1996. Tulsa and Oklahoma City are about to take a trip back to scandalous Old Chicago, home to vixen jailbirds Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart, each on trial for murdering their no-good lovers. Chicago stars John O’Hurley (Seinfeld, Dancing with the Stars) as Billy Flynn and plays the Oklahoma City Civic Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave., Oklahoma City, Jan. 14-19. The show moves on to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 101 E. Third St., Tulsa, Jan. 21-26. Tickets are $25-$80, available at Dwight Yoakam Jan.24 The Joint, Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino. Matt the Cat Trio

Jan. 24 Mercury Lounge.

Creedence Clearwater Revisited

Jan. 25 Osage Event Center, Osage Casino.

Cole Porter Band

Jan. 25 Mercury Lounge.

Anne and Pete Sibley Jan. 26 Performing Arts Studio @ The Depot. John Fullbright Jan. 26-27 Frank & Lola’s, Bartlesville.

v. Sacramento Jan. 19 v. Portland Jan. 21 v. Atlanta Jan. 27

University of Oklahoma Women’s Basketball

Tulsa 66ers v. Los Angeles Jan. 7 v. Sioux Falls Jan. 10-11 v. Santa Cruz Jan. 24 v. Idaho Jan. 25

OKC Barons v. San Antonio Jan. 4 v. Utica Jan. 8 v. Charlotte Jan. 10-11 v. Rochester Jan. 17 v. Milwaukee Jan. 18-19 v. Toronto Jan. 30 Tulsa Oilers v. Brampton Jan. 10-11 v. Allen Jan. 12 v. Missouri Jan. 17 v. Wichita Jan. 21 v. Missouri Jan. 24


Tulsa Revolution

Badfish, A Tribute to Sublime

Jan. 28

Cain’s Ballroom.

Cate Le Bon

Jan. 28 Opolis Production. www.

Kentucky Knife Fight

Jan. 30


The Maine (acoustic)


Luke Bryan



Jan. 30 The Conserva-

Jan. 31 BOK Center. www.bokcenter.

3 Doors Down (acoustic)

Jan. 31 First Council Casino & Hotel, Newkirk.

Sports OKC Thunder

v. Brooklyn Jan. 2 v. Boston Jan. 5 v. Milwaukee Jan. 11 v. Golden State Jan. 17

v. Dallas Jan. 18 v. Wichita Jan. 25 v. Chicago Jan. 31

Oklahoma State University Men’s Basketball v. Texas Jan. 8 v. TCU Jan. 15 v. West Virginia Jan. 25

Oklahoma State University Women’s Basketball v. Texas Jan. 2 v. West Virginia Jan. 4 v. TCU Jan. 14 v. Texas Tech Jan. 18 v. Baylor Jan. 26

University of Oklahoma Men’s Basketball v. Kansas Jan. 8 v. Iowa State Jan. 11 v. TCU Jan. 22 v. Oklahoma State Jan. 27

v. Iowa State Jan. 5 v. Kansas State Jan. 11 v. TCU Jan. 25

University of Tulsa Men’s Basketball

Santa’s Adventures on the Oklahoma River Thru Jan. 4 Watch Santa zip-line while the

family takes part in the all the attractions at Chesapeake Boathouse and river adventures attractions, including mechanical surfing, rock climbing wall, inflatable bounce, kayaking and Rudolph’s Launch extreme air jumper.

Bright Night of Harry Potter

Jan. 17 Board the Hogwarts Express for Science Museum of Oklahoma, where kids spend a fun-filled night of magic, experiments, potions and fun. www.sciencemuseumok. org

Disney Junior Live! Pirate & Princess Adventure Jan. 25 The live stage show travels to

Never Land for adventures with Peter Pan, Captain Hook and some famous Disney princesses at the Expo Square Pavilion. Show up early for the pre-show entertainment.

Art Adventures

Ongoing Children 3-5 experience art every Tuesday morning at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, with special guests. Go online for schedules and other information.

Second Saturdays

Ongoing Families enjoy the v. Cal State Fullerton Jan. 4 v. Tulane Jan. 9 v. Southern Miss Jan. 12 v. Middle Tennessee Jan. 23 v. UAB Jan. 25

University of Tulsa Women’s Basketball v. Valparaiso Jan. 4 v. UAB Jan. 15 v. FIU Jan. 18

Race Into the New Year

Dec. 31 End 2013 by charging forward in 2014 at the running celebration with a new 5k course, a one-mile fun run and walk, dog jog event and celebration afterwards at River West Festival Park.

2014 New Year’s Day Dash Jan. 1 Fleet Feet in the Blue Dome District welcomes a new year and new commitments to health. Tulsa Shootout Jan. 2-4 Midget car racing at Expo Square.

Feet Don’t Fail Me Now! Philbrook Museum of Art and participate in art activities for free on the second Saturday of every month. www.

Tiny Tuesdays and Drop-in Art

Ongoing Guest artists at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art Education Center help families with young children create together and understand the museum artworks the third Tuesday of each month through May. Drop-in Art is open Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.


U.S. Junior Open Wrestling Championship Jan. 3-6 Youth wrestling at Oklahoma State

Value Exhibit, Room #116

Monster Jam Jan. 4-5 Monster truck mayhem and fun heads back to the BOK Center for two days of smashing and crashing entertainment. www.bokcenter. com

Old Town: Jeff Hogue, Mark Kuykendall and Cheyenne Butcher Jan. 3-25 New

Fair Park.

Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals

Jan. 1418 The big race event for midget car sports is back for an excellent time at Expo Square.

2014 Tulsa Nationals

Jan. 16-18 Youth wrestling along with the 2014 Novice Nationals takes place at Expo Square.

High School Hoops Showcase

Jan. 18 In what is planned to become an annual event, this showcase features 16 of the best high school basketball

Jan. 3-23 Living Arts of Tulsa presents two shows in the Brady Arts District gallery.

works from three Tulsa artists go on exhibit at the Tulsa Artists’ Coalition Gallery.

James Sullivan: Le Corps Propre

Thru Jan. 4 The startling sculpture pieces in this solo exhibition by the Dallas artist invite questions of the human form at Artspace at Untitled.

Pablo Picasso’s Woman in the Studio Thru Jan. 5 The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman has the 1956 Picasso masterpiece from 1956 on loan from the St. Louis Art Museum and on exhibit.





ART Georges Rouault: Through

Libertad de Expresión: The Art of the Americas and Cold War Politics Thru Jan. 5 An exhibit on how the Organization of American States advanced modern art in Latin America goes up at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman.

Cowboy Artists of America 48th Annual Exhibition & Sale Thru Jan. 5 The Na-

tional Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum brings the vanguard of Western art revival to its halls with work across a variety of media – painting, drawing, sculpture.

Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Exhibition & Sale Thru Jan. 5 The National

Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum holds its 15th annual exhibit and sale of stunning artisan creations in everything from saddles and spurs to belts and jewelry.

a Glass, Darkly Georges Rouault is one of those painters from the early 1900s who helped master a new expression in art. If that was all there was to say of him, it would still make an exhibition such as Georges Rouault: Through a Glass, Darkly something noteworthy and worth jotting on your planner. Philbrook Museum of Art brings the work of the influential French painter to Tulsa. The exhibit opens Sunday, Jan. 19, and runs through April 20. This special collection contains works demonstrative of Rouault’s signature style. His pieces whether of religious subjects or lighter imagery and portraiture often use the characteristic heavy black outlining, prismatic colors and composition that many suggest resembles stained glass. And like glass, his works are both reflective and transformative of light. Philbrook is located at 2727 S. Rockford Road, Tulsa. For more, visit

Games People Play

Thru Jan. 12 “Sports and Competition in Native American Art” is the subtitle of this event featuring images of stickball and other amusements that also taught responsibilities like hunting and warfare.

100th Annual School of Art & Art History Student Exhibition Jan. 14-Feb. 16 Uni-

versity of Oklahoma students get the spotlight at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

55th Annual Delta Exhibition

Jan. 18-March 10 The Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Ark., presents its premier show of dynamic vision and artists of the Mississippi Delta region.

Georges Rouault: Through a Glass, Darkly Jan. 19-April 20 Philbrook Museum opens a collection of work by the French expressionist painter bearing all Rouault’s celebrated trademarks, including a likeness to stained glass, heavy outlines and rich color on unexpected subjects.

Art Now 2014

Jan. 20-Feb. 7 The contemporary art exhibit showcases work by the state’s top artists at Oklahoma Contemporary and is part of the organization’s annual fundraising event.

Holiday Small Works

Thru January M.A. Doran features small works by gallery artists in paintings, sculptures, American craft (including holiday ornaments).

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This Land: Picturing a Changing America in the 1930s and 1940s Thru Jan. 6 Some 45 works from a critical decade in American history showing the imagery of the Great Depression era of social and environmental change is on exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark.

The Quiet Side of the Peephole

Jan. 6-Feb. 2 Photography by Lindsay Larremore at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

Dark Light Thru Jan. 12 “The Micaceous Ceramics of Christine Nofchissey McHorse” offers viewers a look at one of the most innovative forces in Native American pottery today. This look at works by the Navajo artist opens at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.


Collective Future: Gifts in Honor of Philbrook’s 75th Anniversary Thru Jan. 26 Philbrook Museum of Art commemorates its beginnings in 1938 with a special exhibition containing pieces newly donated to the permanent collection by such artists as Willem de Koonig, Edward Ruscha, Milton Avery and Andrew Wyeth.

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Warriors

Thru Jan. 26 Gilcrease Museum exhibits “Photographs by Gertrude Käsebier” showing the performers who traveled with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in 1898 in a series of compelling portraits taken in her New York City studio on Fifth Avenue.

2013 Red Earth Master Artist Show Thru Jan. 31 The show, Through the Eyes of the Artists, displays beadwork, pottery, sculpture, basketry, paintings and more by 19 Native American artists at Red


and animals encountered in this exhibit. www.gilcrease.

Come on Down

Thru April 13 Oklahoma City Museum of Art organizes and presents artist Lisa Hoke, who will create a contemporary art installation and mural at the museum using everyday materials. www.

Allan Houser and His Students Thru May 11 The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum honors the late Apache artist Allan Houser on his 100th birthday with an exhibit of his work from the permanent collection as well as those by artists he mentored. www. Unexpected

Thru May 11 Philbrook Downtown takes a look at Vernacular Photography from the Collection of Marc Boone Fitzerman as it examines “vernacular photography” and the line between a photo by a citizen photographer and art.

Identity & Inspiration

Thru June 29 Philbrook Downtown showcases pieces from Philbrook Museum of Art’s collection of Native American art with historic and traditional works as well as contemporary pieces.

Opening Abstraction

Thru June 29 This exhibit of abstract works in a variety of manifestations opened the Philbrook Downtown contemporary gallery in Tulsa’s Brady District.

First Friday Gallery Walk

Ongoing The galleries of OKC’s Paseo Arts District welcome all each month.

Earth Museum.

Tulsa Indian Art Festival Jan. 31-Feb. 2 Great contemporary art is just the beginning of the annual festival that includes storytelling, cultural demonstrations, Native American foods, student art exhibits and more at the Glenpool Conference Center. www. Alexander Calder: La Memoire Elementaire Thru Feb. 2 The Sherwin Miller Mu-

Classics Opera

First Friday Art Crawl Ongoing Stroll the Brady Arts District in Tulsa for new exhibitions as well as live music and other events.

seum of Jewish Art exhibits lithographs by Calder, an artists best known for his sculpture and mobiles. www.

2nd Friday Circuit Art

The Artists’ Eye: Georgia O’Keeffe and the Alfred Stieglitz Collection Thru Feb.

Weekends On Us Ongoing Free admission to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum the first full weekend of every month.

3 Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art brings the treasured collection of art work donated by artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband Alfred Stieglitz to its halls in Bentonville, Ark.

Chuck Close: Works on Paper

Thru Feb. 16 Oklahoma City Museum of Art presents work of the painter and photographer best known for his pieces in photorealism.

The Sexuality Spectrum

Thru March 2014 The work of more than 50 international artists show an exploration of social and religious attitudes toward sexuality and the LGBT community’s influence on the Jewish and larger world at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art.

In a Glorious Light Thru March 16 Philbrook Museum of Art displays the masterworks of the Taos Society of Artists, revealing the art colony’s history and the environment’s influence on members’ art. www. On Assignment: The Photojournalism of Horace Bristol Thru March 16 His images of

migrant workers in California during the Great Depression brought him critical acclaim and notice, but Horace Bristol brought images from around the world to vivid reality for his audience. The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art exhibits some of his best.

Folio Editions: Art in the Service of Science Thru March 30 Gilcrease Museum brings

the works of artists created for research following scientific expeditions to show the places, people, plants

Ongoing A monthly celebration of arts in Norman. www.2ndfridaynorman. com

Charitable Events Holiday Helpers

November-January 2014 The Children’s Center’s annual gift drive from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day helps families in need with basic care goods for children along with a Christmas wish. www.

A Storybook Gala Jan. 10 Celebrate 50 years with the Gatesway Foundation, helping adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, at a fantastic gala at the Mayo Hotel. National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Jan. 17 The

sports elite competitors and supporters are honored during the annual Chili Bowl Nationals at Expo Square.

Toyland Ball

Jan. 18 The Parent Child Center of Tulsa’s biggest gala welcomes in a new year with cocktails, dinner, live auction and dancing to live music from Mr. Cabbagehead and the Screamin’ Radishes at the Cox Business Center.

Snowflake Gala Jan. 24 Celebrate another successful fundraising campaign with United Way of Central Oklahoma with dinner, entertainment and an awards presentation at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Bishop Kelley Trivia Night Jan. 25 Teams of trivia buffs do battle at Bishop Kelley High School


Dr. Martin Luther King Soul Food Cook-Off Jan. 17-18 Muskogee’s annual feast is back in celebration of the legacy of King. Look for it at the Muskogee Civic Center. 918.684.6363

Oklahoma City Home & Garden Show Jan. 17-19 Find inspiration for fine home living at the big expo at Oklahoma State Fair Park featuring mater gardener William “Garden Boss” Moss, celebrity chef Todd Wilbur and the “Decorating Diva,” Pam Damour. www.

Theresa Caputo Live!

Jan. 18 TLC’s Long Island Medium brings her live show with personal stories, insights and readings to the Joint at the Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino.

Oklahoma Wedding Show Jan. 18 An exquisite wedding begins at Expo Square’s Central Park Hall, where brides meet with the top vendors in wedding apparel, florists, event planners, caterers and representatives from amazing venues and accommodations. See what can happen at the fashion show and with demonstrations and samples. Block Auction

Jan. 18 Expo Square. www.

Gun, Knife & Outdoor Equipment Show Jan. 18-19 Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.

Wonders of Winter Wildlife

IN CONCERT John Fullbright The start of a new year can only mean one thing to an artist used to the feel of miles under his boot heels, and John Fullbright is most definitely no stranger to the road. The Bearden native who has made it his habit to play local and regional stages, even after being nominated for a Grammy Award last year, has his itinerary mapped out, as usual. Lucky for those in and around Bartlesville, Fullbright has made Frank & Lola’s among one of his earliest stops in 2014. Presented by OK Mozart’s Original Artist Concert Series, Fullbright will play the venue at 200 S.E. Second St., Bartlesville, on Sunday, Jan. 26, and Monday, Jan. 27. Doors open at 6 p.m. each night with special guest artists John Calvin (Sunday) and Wink Burcham (Monday) as well as appetizers and beer and wine, all for $35 each. Get your tickets, and get them fast, at for the annual game supporting the school’s programs.

Boots and Ball Gowns Gala Jan. 25 The annual Western-themed gala celebrates Infant Crisis Services’s work helping mothers in need and their children with a special benefit event at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

and fireworks.

12th New Year’s Eve Powwow

Dec. 31 Cox Business Center hosts the annual sobriety powwow of Native American dancing and ceremony. 918.638.7999

Oklahoma City Winter Quilt Show

Jan. 9-11 The weekend includes vendors of quilting materials and equipment as was as workshop on techniques, displays and more at Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.

Grand Casino Hotel Resort’s New Year’s Eve Celebration Dec. 31 Enjoy

special food, drinks and gaming all night at Shawnee’s Grand Casino. Dec. 31 This New Year’s Eve masquerade party will be held at three interconnected venues – Enso Bar, Electric Circus and the IDL Ballroom – with hot beats with DJs and more entertainment.

Price Tower Gala

Jan. 25 “Bau” is in the “Haus” at the Bartlesville Community Center for the annual splash featuring dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions for the Price Tower Arts Center. www.

Rooftop Rendezvous

Jan. 30 Young professionals gather at the Summit for cheers and fun to support Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS) services.

Community Brady Theater New Year’s Eve Party Dec. 31 The second annual extravaganza of live music, DJs, socializing and dancing is up late to welcome in 2014.

New Year’s Eve 2014 with Kevin Durant and Angela Simmons Dec. 31 Party

like a VIP with the OKC Thunder star and actress/entrepreneur Simmons at this sizzling bash at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center.

Opening Night 2014

Dec. 31 Welcome in a new year in Oklahoma City with this annual celebration near the Myriad Botanical Gardens with entertainment

Thru Jan. 2 Celebrate the holidays with an outing to the RiverParks holiday lights display at the 41st Street Plaza.

Oklahoma Paint Horse Club Holiday Classic Thru Jan. 3 Show horses, breeders, horse-

men, exhibitors and more take to Oklahoma State Fair Park for a great holiday show.


Thru Jan. 5 Welcome to the holidays at the BOK Center with outdoor ice skating, carriage rides and more.

Metcalf Gun Show

Jan 4-5 Expo Square.

OKC Land Run Antique Show

Jan. 4-5 Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.heritageeventcompany. com

Grand American Arms Show

Jan. 4-5 Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Holiday Ice Skating in Edmond Thru Jan. 5 Downtown Edmond’s outdoor ice rink is open for more winter holiday memories. edmondok

OKC Boat Show Jan. 23-26 Oklahoma State Fair Park. Green Country Home & Garden Show Jan. 24 Vendors bring goods for the home and garden to Expo Square.

Trail Dance Film Festival

Jan. 24-25 Duncan presents its premiere showcase of independent films by filmmakers from around the world.


Jan. 25 This new food, live music and beer event at the BOK Center showcases Tulsa restaurants’ way with wings highlighting a variety of preparation styles for your palate.

Tulsa Boat Sport & Travel Show

Jan. 27-Feb. 2 Think ahead to blue skies and warmer weather at the show at Expo Square that’s just for boats, RVs, campers and everything you need to head back to sun and fun. Look for the diver pool, the bass tub, fishing seminars.

International Gymnastics Hall of Fame Ongoing Celebrate the athletic and artistic

Dec. 31 Celebrate the march of time and a new year of possibilities at Bartlesville’s Price Tower Arts Center for the 10th annual New Year’s Eve event with live music.

River Lights

Jan. 20 Tulsa pays tribute to the American civil rights with a celebration of his life and legacy in downtown Tulsa.

Jan. 31-Feb. 2 Take advantage of everything to make the most of your outdoor sporting life at this expo show at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

2014 Olive Drop

Rhema Christmas Lights Thru Jan. 1 Rhema Bible Church opens the gates to guests of its stunning lights and music holiday display packed with features.

2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

Oklahoma Tackle & Hunting Show

Fourth Annual Crystal Ball

Midtown Men with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic

Jan. 19 Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area in Rogers, Ark., hosts a weekend of wildlife-oriented activities to cure the winter blues and focused on families. 479.789.5000

elements of the sport while honoring its most accomplished athletes at Science Museum Oklahoma. www.

Destination Space Disney Junior Live! Pirate & Princess Adventure

OKC Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show

Jan. 10-12 Expo show for gem collectors, jewelry makers at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

OKC RV, Boat & Outdoor Leisure Show Jan. 10-12 Recreation is the key word as we look forward to summer fun on the road, water and elsewhere at the expo at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

OKC Gun Show

Jan 11-12 Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Oaklawn’s Opening Weekend

Jan. 11-13 Catch the excitement right out of the gate at Oaklawn Jockey Club in Hot Springs, Ark.

Western Hills Winter Bluegrass Festival Jan. 16-18 Traditional bluegrass music and gospel blend into a perfect winter outing to Sequoyah State Park near Wagoner. 405.273.8578

Ongoing Revealing the amazing science that allows us to travel beyond the confines of earth.

Walking Tour Ongoing Take a walking tour of historic downtown Tulsa. Gilcrease Films Ongoing See various films throughout the month. OKCMOA Films

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Red Ribbon Gala Tulsa CARES’ annual event raises funds to help those in the Tulsa area.


ulsa CARES’ Red Ribbon Gala is one of the most unique events in Tulsa. For the past two decades on one night in March, hundreds of Oklahomans gather together for what has been called the best party of the year. What makes this party unique, however, is not its jovial atmosphere, but rather its lofty mission. Tulsa CARES is a social service organization that provides resources to individuals affected by HIV and AIDS in Tulsa and 23 counties in northeast Oklahoma. “Our main mission is to create a safe place for people who live with this disease to come and to access our services [and those of other] organizations throughout the community,” says Sharon Thoele, executive director of Tulsa CARES. Since its emergence in American culture in the mid ‘80s, HIV has been a life-altering and often deadly virus. Currently, an estimated 1.1 million Americans live with this virus. Tulsa CARES has become a lifeline for the hundreds of individuals throughout the area infected with the virus. The organization’s lifeline is the Red Ribbon Gala. As the signature fundraiser event for the organization, Red Ribbon Gala provides Tulsa CARES the finance power and endurance it needs to continue its work throughout the year. Gentner and Wendy Drummond are the 2014 “It’s the Red Ribbon Gala that brings it all together and assures us Red Ribbon Gala chairpersons. that the lights are on. There’s food on people’s plates, and they get to PHOTO BY NATALIE GREEN. maximize their health because of the work this board does on this event,” says Thoele. “The focus of this is to raise money to help us continue to do the work that we do.” organization. Now, the event is held at the Cox Business Center and is Wendy Drummond, who is the 2014 chairperson of Red Ribbon Gala, expected to bring in close to $600,000 at this year’s event. along with her husband, Gentner, says that the annual event has become a The organization is in the middle of a moving campaign to relocate, personal one for her. and every dollar helps that effort. “Although I had attended the Red Ribbon Gala once as a guest and “It’s not just about the dollars, but it’s about what the dollars do for the absolutely loved the event, I did not really understand Tulsa CARES’ organization,” says Thoele. vital impact on our community until I met a young man at a conference A large reason for the gala’s growth over the years is the work of Pat in October 2012,” recalls Drummond. “His story is both heart-wrenching Chernicky. and uplifting. When, at the age of 17, he told his parents that he was HIV In her 10 years as an advisory board member for the organization, positive, they kicked him out of the house and disowned him. He ended Chernicky has managed to drastically increase the fundraising totals and up homeless, living under a bridge and was on the verge of suicide when increase the number of attendees. Tulsa CARES found him and saved his life. “Throughout the year, we try and spread the message of what we’re “Today he helps others in need as a counselor for another Tulsa doing,” says Chernicky. “Every new face into the gala is another prospect nonprofit. By chance, about a month after hearing his story, Pat to allow us to reach our goal.” Chernicky asked me to step in at the last minute to chair the live auction Still, Chernicky realizes that a large part of Red Ribbon Gala’s success for the 2013 gala. I thought of Tulsa CARES’ role in the young man’s is beyond fundraising and logistics. “This event has the best feel in Tulsa, journey, and my favorite quote, ‘Do all the good you can. By all the and I think it’s very inclusive…It’s really a happy crowd,” she says. means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all Despite the painful reality of the individuals Tulsa CARES serves, the times you can. To all the people you can. As for one evening every year the organization and long as ever you can,’ by John Wesley, and I knew hundreds of others in attendance come together to Red Ribbon Gala that an important way that I could do good was to celebrate the great work that they have done, and Saturday, March 8 help raise the funds that allow Tulsa CARES to the great work that still lies ahead. Cox Business Center help men, women and children of all ages who are “It’s about coming together for a great cause, but For ticket information, visit living with the realities of HIV.” it’s about having a good time, too. And we do these Thoele remembers when the gala was a both very well,” says Thoele. small affair, aiming to bring in $7,500 for the NATHAN PORTER




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and hair. Vivid tones work better for your pictures. Warm-tone colors like azalea, coral and raspberry are popular this season,” he adds. “Cool tones like Tiffany blue and blue topaz look good on everyone: blondes, brunettes and red heads, as well.” Gone are the days of all strapless dresses, confirms Jamaleddine. Designers are offering one-shoulder and halters necklines. Sleeves are quite popular, as well. “Neckline treatments are fresh and fun. The one-shoulder look is really hot this season,” says Jamaleddine. Looking for a dress that will get more than one wear? A shorter length, fitted cut is very popular, Jamaleddine adds. “The fitted cut is right on trend and will give your bridesmaids a bit more mileage than a ball gown style,” offers Jamaleddine. “They will look great wearing it to other weddings and events this season.” However, one look that will never go out of style and looks great on every body type is a fitted empire waist paired with an A-line skirt. – Lindsay Cuomo




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Brides strive to be the best version of themselves on their wedding day without being so different from their everyday look. If a bride wears her hair down and wavy day-in and day-out, a retro updo might not be best suited to her. If a bride’s signature is bold red lips, then who is to say a baby pink gloss is the way to go? Focusing on enhancing your go-to dressy routine will keep you feeling like yourself and comfortable. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is said to have used her everyday makeup on her big day. However, there are some classic products and tricks that are worth sharing to inspire bridal beauty routines. The first thing to tackle is adjusting for photography. With recent technology, HD formulated products make for beautiful skin and staying power. Both Chantecaille and CARGO make an HD powder that reflects light, minimizes pores and conceals flaws. Skip the physical sunscreens (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) because they can cause a whitish cast. Make sure to do lots of test shots in different light when you conduct a makeup trial. A perfect pout that stays on through the sips and kisses is crucial. Long-lasting lip products aren’t the matte drying versions of the past. Revlon Just Bitten lip stain packs in the moisture. Layer a hydrating lip gloss over a stain to keep lips supple. Try MAC Lip Glass or Covergirl Wetslicks, both of which have a yummy scent. A classic eye will withstand the test of time. Neutral eye shadow can accentuate without being distracting. NARS Eye Shadow Duo in Kalahari or Portobello are flattering on



a wide range of skin tones. Layer eyeliner for maximum staying power. Begin with pencil in brown or black along lashes, followed by a liquid liner pen like Covergirl LineExact Liquid Eyeliner on top lashes. Opt for a waterproof mascara. L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Million Lashes gives a false lash effect without drying out delicate hairs. A wedding day blowout will have to last hours on end, not to mention withstanding dancing. Keep a dry shampoo on hand, like Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray. This version sprays on clear and absorbs oil quickly. If planning to wear hair up on the wedding day, consider any styling done for the rehearsal dinner. Flat ironing hair can make it difficult to achieve hold the following day. Essie Ballet Slippers is one of the most iconic bridal manicures. The soft pink elongates fingers. Essie’s new gel system offers a corresponding shade, Dance Class, if you want a lasting version. Other nudes like Sand Tropez, Mademoiselle and Fed Up are other options. Body bronzer or highlighter can add an ethereal glow. bareMinerals Face & Body Luminizer has just a touch of color to warm skin and works on a variety of skin tones. Buxom Divine Goddess Luminizer is a highlighter with a refreshing scent, ideal for collarbones and the front of legs. Lastly, consider investing in the perfume version of your everyday eau de toilette. The more potent formula will improve staying power and is a great memento. LINDSAY ROGERS


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Time For Routine

A little extra planning guarantees a fuss-free wedding day featuring the best possible you. The bridal prep list is not just invitations and a photographer. Every bride wishes to put her best self forward. A beauty timeline is helpful in incorporating a couple of extra steps to ensure a natural, radiant look.

8 Months

Incorporate a multi-vitamin, particularly one with omega-3s or fish oil. These ingredients will help boost nail and hair growth and unveil clear, beautiful skin. If you are pining for longer hair, incorporate Viviscal, a trusted hair growth supplement.

7 Months

Test out self-tanners and develop a routine that will give you a color you are comfortable with, should you prefer a tan. Begin using body oil or lotion regularly after showers.

6 Months

Amp up your regular exercise routine. Anything from adding an extra 10-minute walk at lunch to hiring a trainer will give you more energy and confidence.

5 Months

Select a hair stylist and makeup artist you trust and admire. Make sure to book test runs so you aren’t distracted by a less-than-desirable look on your wedding day.

4 Months

See an aesthetician if you have any skin care concerns. Sixteen weeks will allow for visible results. Consider a peel or incorporating acne treatments to reveal clear and even skin.

3 Months

Now that you know your makeup look, invest in a couple of products to keep on hand for your wedding day. Start wearing the shades to make sure they are the perfect fit.

2 Months

Pick up teeth whitening strips at the drugstore or see your dentist for a professional treatment.

6 Weeks

Splurge on eyebrow grooming. You can maintain the shape at home by tweezing strays. Make sure to emphasize a conservative approach so you don’t end up with thin brows.



1 Month

Get a trim and color your hair. Stick with a trusted stylist and avoid drastic changes.

1 Week

Book a spa day to de-stress. Avoid intense facials.

3 Days

Head in for waxing or your normal hair removal routine. A couple of extra days will ensure any redness or irritation is long gone by the big day.

2 Days

Give your hair a deep conditioning treatment to boost shine. A nourishing and gentle facial mask will calm and hydrate skin.

1 Day

Get a manicure and pedicure to ensure a fresh and clean look. Consider gel if you wish for your manicure to last throughout the honeymoon.

12 Hours

Get eight hours of quality sleep. Sip on water to make sure skin is hydrated. LINDSAY ROGERS

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Blue by Enzoani white tulle ball gown with sweetheart neckline and white and silver embroidery and beading. Bridal Palace.



Oleg Cassini organza ball gown with beaded and embroidered bodice, tulle skirt and sweep train. David’s Bridal.






Lazaro ivory Venise lace trumpet gown with silk charmeuse underlay, strapless sweetheart neckline, detachable tiered tulle horsehair bustle attached at natural waist with ribbon belt, sweep train. J.J. Kelly Bridal.



Oleg Cassini white lace tank bodice A-line gown with tulle overlay with beaded waistband and sweep train. David’s Bridal.





Summer Maggie Sottero Art Deco-inspired gown with gold beading and plunging illusion neckline and chapel train. Bridal Palace.



Alfred Angelo jersey knit sweetheart gown with sequins and full net overlay with halter neckline and a belt of satin rosettes and beads. Alfred Angelo.






Lazaro ivory and gold Alençon lace trumpet gown with cashmere chiffon underlay, mandarin collar neckline, keyhole back, chapel train and silk grosgrain ribbon floral crystal belt. J.J. Kelly Bridal.



Tarik Ediz ivory crepe sweetheart gown with beaded shoulder and full, beaded illusion back with bow. Bridal Palace.





Custom gold crocheted lace one-shoulder trumpet gown with beaded shoulder and chapel train. Alyssa’s Bridal.



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Peony, green garden roses, cymbidium orchids, ranunculus. Petal Pushers, Tulsa.

Pink roses, white spray roses, hydrangea, tulips, calla lilies, seeded eucalyptus, Queen Anne’s Lace, bear grass. Flowergirls, Tulsa.



Sunflowers, gerbera daisies, roses, marigolds, yarrow, calla lilies, snapdragons, dahlia, heather. Whole Foods Market, Tulsa.

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Sunflowers, pompon mums, roses, hydrangea, wheat. Robyn’s Flower Garden, Coweta.

Peonies and super green and pink roses. Trochta’s Flowers, Oklahoma City.





Cymbidium orchids, roses, amaranth, green dianthus, hypericum, cattails, beaded ribbon. Mary Murray’s Flowers, Tulsa.

Dahlias, roses, kale, cockscomb, lavender, dusty miller, lamb’s ear and viburnum. Toni’s Flowers & Gifts, Tulsa.

Red and yellow spray roses, safari sunset protea, cymbidium orchids, moss carnations, mango callas, magnolia leaves and red roses. Trochta’s Flowers, Oklahoma City. Sunflowers, roses, hydrangea, protea, Queen Anne’s Lace and succulents. Whole Foods Market, Tulsa.




Gerbera daisies, lilies, hydrandea, white stock, green dianthus, dusty miller, euonymus, crystal and metallic ornaments. Mary Murray’s Flowers, Tulsa.

Amaryllis, calla lilies, hyacinth. Petal Pushers, Tulsa.

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Two-tier cake wrapped in fondant with handmade pink spring flowers. Madison’s on Main, Norman.

Spring Turquoise painted fondant with gumpaste flowers and fondant ribbons and bow. All Things Cake, Tulsa.



Marie Antoinetteinspired cake in pink fondant with fondant scroll work, edible gold accents and edible pearls. Andrea Howard Cakes, Edmond.


Buttercream with edible shimmer and colored white chocolate coral and sea shells. Rosebeary’s Designs in Baking, Guthrie.

Clever chevron, hand-made yellow roses, gray fondant band, chevron bands. Amy Cakes, Norman.

Three-tier cake with hand-painted gold accents and oversized ower with a vintage broach in the center. Mishelle Handy Cakes, Edmond.






Chocolate ganache with chocolate leaf appliques, fruit, leaves, branches. Nibbles, Tulsa.

Three-tier cake wrapped in white chocolate and accented with fresh berries and branches for a natural look. Mishelle Handy Cakes, Edmond.

Chocolate fondant rufes tipped in handpainted gold, handmade ranunculus and hand-painted gold. Amy Cakes, Norman.



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Celebrate the bounty of the season. Borscht sphere amuse-bouche with caviar, buckwheat crumble and fresh dill. Polo Grill.

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Big Trend

Pinterest. “It makes our lives difficult,” says Aila Heiskanen Wimpy of Catering Kitchen. “People find things on Pinterest that look great, but we don’t necessarily know what it is or whether it will fit their budget.”

Leave It To The Pros

“You don’t need to decide where every table is going to go or how many servers you need,” says James Shrader of Palace Cafe.

Three chefs weigh in on wedding trends and what people are eating.

The Wow Factor

If you want to throw the wedding of the year, a seated, coursed meal is the way to go. “I’d do a plated tasting menu of at least five courses. It’s part of the experience, more personal and it’s a little more refined,” says Justin Donaldson of Polo Grill.

After an evening of partying, a late night snack is very popular. Gourmet pigs in a blanket: Housemade Italian beef sausage in challah bread. Palace Café.

Fresh, seasonal ingredients are in great demand. Fall salad of parsnips, beets, pickled squash, fermented heirloom carrots, dehydrated cauliflower and pea greens on mushroom soil. Polo Grill.


“Tuxedo chocolate strawberries. They’re played out, and it’s been done. I’d like to see chefs push themselves,” says Donaldson. You can never go wrong with chocolate. Flourless chocolate cake bites with gold leaf and gilded fresh blackberries. Palace Café.


The perfect bite. Carrot marshmallow amusebouche with puffed sorghum, microgreens and charred carrot. Polo Grill.



Get Fresh

Local. Organic. Vegetarian. Fresh local produce is in high demand. Miniature comfort food is always a hit. – Aila Heiskanen Wimpy

Totally worth the effort. Housemade charcuterie selection of pancetta, prosciutto de Parma, capocollo with beet chutney and pear mostarda. Polo Grill.

Latin American flavors are very popular now. Beef empanadas with fresh salsa. Catering Kitchen.

Edible cracker spoons with gourmet fillings are always a conversation starter. Cracker spoon with herb roasted tomatoes, goat cheese and pesto. Catering Kitchen.

Greatest Hits

Smoked blackened salmon with traditional condiments. – Justin Donaldson Pulled pork on a cornbread crostini. – Aila Heiskanen Wimpy Seared tuna loin tacos. – James Shrader The Experts: Aila Heiskanen Wimpy, chef and owner of Catering Kitchen and Go West Restaurant; James Shrader, chefowner of Palace Café; Justin Donaldson, executive chef, Polo Grill.

Big Trend

Late night snack. “An hour after the last thing is served, you whip out a late night snack,” says Shrader. Favorites: gourmet takes on pigs in a blanket, fish ‘n’ chips and miniature hamburgers and turkey burgers.

Classic Mistake

“Inviting too many people. When you’re working on a budget, many people don’t realize how much things are going to cost if you invite 300 people,” says Wimpy.

Worst Reception Disaster

As a young chef, Shrader witnessed the horror of an entire vanload of food spilling out into the middle of a busy intersection. Always have a dessert station. – James Shrader

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Time of year can make all the difference in selecting a honeymoon destination.

The nerves and stress of the big day are over. Family and friends are en route home. Your parents are kvelling, while friends have memories of a lifetime. Finally, it’s not about the wedding at all – it’s about the marriage, and it kicks off with a fabulous honeymoon. But where to go? Sure, there are tried-and-true, conventional honeymoon destinations, such as Hawaii, Las Vegas and California wine country. However, the nation and the world have much more to offer as potential honeymoon destinations, and many are better depending on the season your first trip as newlyweds is planned. Just as planning well in advance is essential to a successful wedding, forethought should be applied when organizing your honeymoon too – and seasonality is a big part of that.


There’s really no getting around spring honeymoons without mentioning Paris, one of the most famed romantic cities in the world. Just remember that Paris is popular in spring. It bursts into astounding color as the winter recedes, drawing visitors from all over. Paris is so magical to most Americans that issues like where you stay and where you go to dine don’t much matter. Even the humblest accommodations will charm, and you don’t need to find any of the many Michelinrecognized restaurants to enjoy an exquisite meal. Paris’ vaunted cafe scene comes to life in the spring, and you will enjoy memorable meals at even the most humble bistros. Hint: Watch where many Parisians dine as a sure sign of culinary excellence. While in the city, should you wander far from your accommodations, don’t miss such obvious sites as The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and Versailles Palace, if nothing else. Rome is another wonderful spring vacation destination, in no small part because it is on the edge of the summer high season, so accessing attractions is easier than it would be a few months later. Rome’s history, beauty and architecture create an atmosphere of timeless romance, with delightful restaurants, cafes and shops around every corner as well as Romans who appreciate romance as much as the French. If you can tear yourself away from dining on some of the best food and wine on earth, you can decide which other aspects of Rome you might want to also enjoy. Choose from among historic sites and



architecture, high-end shopping or the arts and culture. You can’t go wrong in any event – it’s entirely up to how you want to spend your time in public during your honeymoon.



Summer weddings are popular, particularly in states where summer is a mild time of year. Unfortunately, summer is also unbearably hot in some parts of the world, and no one wants to kick off their marriage soaked in perspiration. London is ideal in the summer. Largely gone are the dreary, gray days with which London is synonymous. It will cost a premium for a summer visit, but, hey, this is a honeymoon, not a post-college travel adventure. Even in the busy season, you will find a host of different types of accommodations, from resort hotels to cozy and friendly bed-and-breakfast inns. Select based on your wants and needs. When out and about, you will definitely want to experience pub life in London, which can be found virtually anywhere and offers some of the city’s best indigenous cuisine. Must-see sites include Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, St. James Park and the British Museum, to name but a few. To fully experience the romantic ambiance, take a stroll along the South Bank of the Thames or take in the fantastic theater in London, arguably second only to the magic of Broadway. For the more domestic travel-oriented, consider Cashiers in North Carolina. In recent years, it’s become a travelers’ favorite, and with temperatures some 20 degrees cooler than its lower-altitude neighbors, summer is a great time for a honeymoon. Here, the emphasis is on romance and privacy, but Cashiers’ singularly unique geography boasts hundreds of waterfalls, quiet lakes, stone mountains and amazingly beautiful forests. Accommodations range from friendly

B&Bs to exquisite pampering, depending on what you’re looking for in a honeymoon experience. Still, a picnic in “The Heart Of The Blue Ridge Mountains” is hard to beat in terms of romance.


The cruelest season of all, a harbinger of the winter to follow, fall makes planning difficult since late summers and early winters can foil any plans. Still, there are a few options that are deliciously appealing. The mild weather cries out for a slightly off-season visit to the Amalfi Coast. In September or October, the water remains temperate and a prime attraction. From the Footpath of the Gods to Villa Rufolo, most attractions are open and less crowded than they are in the summer. Stretching along the southern side of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, the Amalfi coast dazzles with its mysterious grottos, craggy cliffs and shimmering bays. Grab a seat on the sea side of a regional bus to soak up views on the fabled route from artsy Positano to Amalfi, or take to the waterfront or eclectic shopping destinations to help make your honeymoon memories come alive for loved ones. The Amalfi Coast is an excellent way to get away from it all while also enjoying one of the most beautiful places on earth. Plan for a romantic stay, undisturbed by a host of activities, and enjoy the indescribable beauty of the Italian coast – and that of your newly acquired nuptials. If a domestic honeymoon is more to your liking, consider Tennessee’s Gatlinburg. The Smoky Mountain icon might be best known for shoulder-season skiing, but year-round it remains a beautiful American setting that is just low-key enough to be ideal for honeymoons. Small-town charm deep in the mountains is one appeal, complete with small shops and venues and a delicious lack of fuss. While you might not find many hotels with honeymoon-specific accommodations, you will find places for affordable stays – and plenty of warm people interested in hearing your personal story. While in town, climb to the top of the magnificent mountain and shop for local artisan crafts and Native American specialties. Here, the romance is in the spectacular outdoor Amalfi Coast


locations, the solitude and a quaint Americana that will remain a fond memory for decades to come.


Unless your idea of a romantic honeymoon is being snow-bound in a mountain cabin – which doesn’t sound bad to many – winter honeymoons can be tricky. There are travel delays, heavy snow and even more treacherous elements to deal with in various parts of the world. You don’t have to worry about that in Palm Beach, north of Fort Lauderdale in Florida. The tony town is its most tolerable in winter, when the insects retreat to the Everglades and even mid-day temperatures are pleasant. There aren’t a ton of attractions here, so the emphasis on elegance and the waterfront is key. The Breakers is a one-stop destination for accommodations and activities, in addition to luxurious pampering and services. Terrific local theater and high-end shopping abound in what is the town’s high season, but don’t miss the action on Clematis Street or on the waterfront to experience the very best of Palm Beach. If you’re looking to get out of the U.S. for your winter honeymoon, it’s the ideal time to visit the Caribbean. With more mild weather and no risk of hurricanes, it’s an ideal time to visit St. Maarten. It’s the only island in the world split amicably between two different nationalities – the French and Dutch. The Dutch side of the island, while not as well kept, permits gambling and other things tolerated by the Dutch. More romantic, if less anything-goes, is the French side, a cultural marvel. On one hand, island locals are as laid-back as elsewhere in the Caribbean. On the other are the French aspects – incredible bakeries, restaurants and wine, often flown in from France daily. Think low-key beach relaxation here, in addition to acclaimed food and wine. Grand Case and Club Orient Beach Resort are good places to start. Lowstress Caribbean culture abounds, which with then paired with French food, specialty items and wine, make for a distinct and unforgettable experience. MICHAEL W. SASSER






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The Dresser Mansion

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Gilcrease Museum and the Restaurant at Gilcrease

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Glenpool Conference Center

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Hyatt Regency Tulsa

Sitting in the heart of Oklahoma’s vibrant business, entertainment and culture districts, this downtown Tulsa hotel offers the perfect setting to say “I do,” with memorable venues, professional staff and spacious accommodations. 100 E. Second St., Tulsa. 918.582.9000.


ONEOK Field is the perfect venue for your next wedding, reception or rehearsal dinner. Nestled in downtown Tulsa, ONEOK Field offers stunning views from its meeting and event spaces. 201 N. Elgin Ave., Tulsa. 918.574.8308. www.

Osage Casino – Skiatook

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Osage Event Center

Featuring 5,000 square feet of flexible event space, delicious on-site catering, exciting gaming and a great value with complimentary tables, chairs, set-up and more. 951 W. 36th St. North, Tulsa. 918.699.7621.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa

Start your life together on the right note. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa’s exquisite venues are perfect for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, bachelor and bachelorette parties. 777 W. Cherokee St., Catoosa. 918.384.7800. www.

Holiday Inn Tulsa City Center

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Philbrook Museum of Art

Philbrook Museum of Art is a unique and romantic setting for your wedding celebration. From the breathtaking rotunda to stunning gardens, your wedding will be truly memorable. 2727 S. Rockford Road, Tulsa. 918.749.7941.

Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium

Experience an out-of-this-world wedding at this unique venue. Let them plan your big day in a big way. 3624 N. 74th E. Ave., Tulsa. 918.834.9900, Ext. 122.

White House Mansion

White House Mansion is a charming, historical mansion with a country setting without the long drive. This treasure of Tulsa is great for romantic weddings. 1 W. 81st St., Tulsa. 918.446.8181. www.

Bridal Attire Alfred Angelo Bridal

Alfred Angelo Bridal is the world’s leading maker of bridal, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses. For 75 years, Alfred Angelo has been dressing brides and bridal parties. See its website for a store nearest you. 8802 E. 71st St., Tulsa. 918.307.0355.

Alyssa’s Bridal & Tuxedos

6808 S. Memorial Drive, Tulsa. 918.250.1991.

Bridal Couture Girls

Bridal Couture Girls specializes in one-of-a-kind custom, couture bridal accessories. The BCG collection is meticulously handcrafted by our designers with over 30 years experience. Contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation. By appointment only. 918.272.2346.

Bridal Palace

8268 E. 71st St., Tulsa. 918.461.9222

Bridal Rentals & More

For all your prom, pageantry, bridal and special occasion rental needs. 12135 E. 11th St., Suite B, Tulsa. 918.622.2229.

David’s Bridal

More than 300 locations nationwide. Beautiful dresses, smart prices, amazing colors. Fabulous new styles, including one that’s uniquely you. 877.921.BRIDE. www.

Mary Ruby Apparel

Mother of the bride and groom and special event dresses. 6034 S. Yale Ave., Tulsa. 918.491.0808

Red Hot Designs Bridal and Formal

Helping brides find the gown that is sure to show how unique she is. Attire for the entire wedding party. 1001 W. Main St., Collinsville. 918.948.5700.

Tuxedos Beshara’s Formal Wear

Formal wear and tuxedo rental. Weddings, prom, any occasion: Beshara’s carries its own stock. 3539 S. Harvard Ave., Tulsa. 918.743.6416

Cakes All Things Cake

All Things Cake offers custom wedding and grooms’ cakes decorated with buttercream or fondant icing. All Things Cake also offers customized design and many flavor and filling combinations. 8256 E. 71st St., Tulsa. 918.994.4490


Hotels and Venues

Ann’s Bakery

Wedding cakes are Ann’s specialty. The bakery offers a wide variety of sizes, styles, flavors and fillings to choose from. Let Ann’s help help you create the wedding cake of your dreams. 7 N. Harvard Ave., Tulsa. 918.834.2345.

Nibbles by Grandeur Affaires, Inc.

Café, breakfast, lunch, “high tea,” catering, cakes and flowers for special events. 8313 S. Memorial Dr., Tulsa. 918.254.5050. www.

Simply Irresistible Sweets

Wedding cake bakery, full-service photography. 5412 S. Mingo Road C., Tulsa. 918.313.9204. www.

Catering Aunt Pittypat’s Catering

For more than 20 years, Aunt Pittypat’s has been Oklahoma City’s most trusted caterer for attention to detail and commitment to quality food and service. Specializing in formal and casual weddings and reception dinners. 1515 N. Portland, Oklahoma City. 405.942.4000. www.

The Bistro at Seville

Offering a banquet facility with room to seat 90 for myriad needs with a beautiful setting, outstanding menu options and superior service. 10021 S. Yale Ave., Tulsa. 918.296.3000.

Celebrity Restaurant

For nearly 50 years, Celebrity Restaurant has been a Tulsa favorite for its award-winning menu and fine dining experience. 3109 S. Yale Ave., Tulsa. 918.743.1800. www.

Chocolate Fountains of Tulsa

Chocolate fountains are quickly becoming a must-have at wedding receptions. Attendants strive to provide professional and friendly service to ensure an excellent experience. 918.691.8825. www.

Hoot Owl Coffee Co.

Coffee and espresso catering. 2296 W. New Orleans St., Broken Arrow. 918.341.5201

Palace Cafe

Catering services for weddings and wedding rehearsal dinners. 1301 E. 15th St., Tulsa. 918.582.4195. www.

Polo Grill

Polo Grill private dining is a truly unique experience featuring the most succulent prime beef, the freshest seafood and a tempting array of delicious salads, sides and desserts. With a staff dedicated to the kind of attention and service you desire, Polo Grill turns your special occasions into memorable times. 2038

Utica Square, Tulsa. 918.744.4280.

Southern Gentlemen Barbecue & Catering

Creative, innovative cuisine with a Southern flair. Southern Gentlemen creates individualized menus made from scratch that will cater to any occasion. 8926 E. 59th Pl., Tulsa. 539.664.6302.

Ti Amo Ristorante Italiano

Spacious meeting rooms, flexible table layouts, beautifully paneled rooms, limitless menu options, state-of-the-art audiovisual system, portable bar and removable dance floor, two locations. 6024-A S. Sheridan, Tulsa. 918.499.1919. 219 S. Cheyenne Ave., Tulsa. 918.592.5151.

Counseling Services Marriage Solutions

Marriage Solutions helps couples and individuals with relationship issues at any stage of the relationship. 2121 S. Columbia Ave., Suite 301, Tulsa. 918.281.6060. www.

Event Planners Judy Lehmbeck Bridal and Party Oklahoma City’s premier party and event planner. 6207 N. Villa Ave., Oklahoma City. 405.751.3780, 405.630.5453

Tulsa Alternative Ceremonies

Helping Tulsa couples seeking alternatives to a traditional church wedding since 2001. 918.406.0339.

The Wedding Belle

This professional company is dedicated specifically to wedding planning and design. It takes pride in the work it does and consistently provides clients with a fun, personalized wedding. P.O. Box 3502, Edmond. 405.250.4998

Florists and Decor Flowergirls Weddings

Trendy, creative, unique: Wedding flowers for every bride, budget and style. 5800 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa. 918.949.1553. www.flowergirlsoftulsa. com

Mary Murray’s Flowers

Mary Murray’s Flowers, your Tulsa wedding florist, offers a wide selection of bridal bouquets, wedding ceremony flowers, floral cake decorations and centerpieces to fit any budget. 3333 E. 31st St., Tulsa. 918.743.6145. www.

Petal Pushers

All wedding flowers, bouquet, corsages, boutonnieres, center pieces, arches, votives, rental items,

candelabras, vase stands and great ideas. 1660 E. 71st St., Suite. H, Tulsa. 918.494.0999

Robyn’s Flower Garden

Beautiful, fresh flowers for your dream wedding. City to country, any season. Bouquets, alter and aisle decorations, reception centerpieces for a once-in-a-lifetime day. 122 S. Broadway, Coweta. 918.486.7161.

Toni’s Flowers & Gifts

Complimentary consultation by appointment. Toni’s serves all of your wedding needs. 3549 S. Harvard Ave., Tulsa. 918.742.9027. www.

Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market is a natural and organic grocery store featuring foods that are free of artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners and hydrogenated fats. 1401 E. 41st St., Tulsa. 918.712.7555. www.

Health, Beauty and Wellness ARCS

ARCS specializes in colors and cuts. Ask about wedding specials. 8624 E. 71st St., Suite A, Tulsa. 3511 S. Peoria Ave., Tulsa. 918.250.2213, 918.596.6700.

BA Med Spa & Weight Loss

Lose weight. Look great. Enhance. BA Med Spa & Weight Loss offers medical weight loss programs and other services to make you look your best on your big day. 500 S. Elm Place, Broken Arrow. 918.872.9999.

Bahama Sun of Brookside

Give the four-level beds and sunless services a try. You are beautiful: Be bold and stay bronzed with Bahama Sun. 3732 S. Peoria Ave., Tulsa. 918.748.9971. www.

Bert Johnson, DDS

One of Oklahoma Magazine’s The Best of the Best in 2013 offers cosmetic dental services including veneers, implants and whitening. 4715 E. 91st St., Tulsa. 918.744.1255.

Chris Ward, DDS

Implant, cosmetic and sedation dentistry. 18 months SAC financing. File all dental insurance as a courtesy. Open five days a week. 12814 E. 101st Pl. N., Suite 101, Owasso. 918.274.4466

Esthetique Orthodontics and Facial Beauty

Tulsa’s premier location for facial esthetics specializing in hidden smile correction and facial treatments to highlight your natural beauty. 1560 E. 21st St., Suite 100, Tulsa. 918.551.7755

Euphoria Spa & Salon

A full-service salon and spa that can take care of all of your bridal needs under one roof, or come to you. 11015 S. Memorial Dr., Tulsa. 918.970.2744

Faccia Bella

Professional, on-site hair and makeup, including airbrush makeup. Our spa services includes massages, nails, facials, body wraps, spray tanning, waxing and eyelash extentions. 417 W. Seventh St., Tulsa. 918.518.0678.

Posh Blow Dry Bar

At Posh, you can get the most fabulous blow dry anywhere. Posh also offers makeup application, lashes, waxing and gel manicures. It’s your one-stop glamour shop. 1730 S. Boston Ave., Suite A, Tulsa. 918.949.3232.

Skin Care Institute

A medical and wellness spa providing the finest in treatments and products in a relaxing, soothing atmosphere to help men and women feel their best. 6566 S. Yale Ave., Tulsa. 918.948.9639. www.



Naifeh Fine Jewelry

Whether you are looking for a piece from one of Naifeh’s name-brand designers or for a custom piece designed specifically for you, you can rest assured in knowing that time was taken to make sure each piece is more special and fantastic than the last. 9203 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Oklahoma City. 405.607.4323. www.

Lighting OMNI Lighting, Inc.

Lighting and audio/visual productions, rentals, sales and service. 1333 E. Fourth St., Tulsa. 918.583.6464. www.

Entertainment Banks Entertainment

Sky Fitness & Wellbeing

Unite your body and mind at Sky Fitness’ full-service gyms with stateof-the-art equipment and a wide range of fitness programs as well as a full-service day spa with a variety of aesthetic services using the latest laser technologies. 4103 S. Yale Ave. and 10121 S. Sheridan Road, Tulsa. 918.641.5501, 918.299.5500. www.

Spa Southern Hills

Experience premium body and facial treatments ranging from the essential to the indulgent at our fabulous, full-service Tulsa day spa. 1902 E. 71st St., Tulsa. 918.493.2646

Tulsa Surgical Arts

The cosmetic surgeons of Tulsa Surgical Arts offer the most rewarding cosmetic surgery procedures and latest techniques to enhance your natural beauty. 7322 E. 91st St., Tulsa. 918.392.7900

Utica Square Skin Care

Offering medical skin care and a variety of services and therapies to help you look and feel your best. 2111 S. Atlanta Pl., Tulsa. 918.712.3223

Jewelers Bruce G. Weber Precious Jewels 1700 Utica Square, Tulsa. 918.749.1700. www.


Where you get engaged with a wide selection of engagement and wedding rings with seven locations throughout Tulsa. 112

Banks Entertainment strives to make the entire wedding experience of working with a DJ as stress-free as possible. No time limits, playlist limits or cookie-cutter reception plans. You’ll actually get to meet your DJ. Package options include everything you need for the ultimate wedding experience. 8150B S. Harvard Ave., Tulsa. 918.551.6721.

Box Talent Agency

The perfect wedding band and entertainment for your special day. Box Talent has been helping couples select the perfect wedding bands, music and entertainment for more than two decades. Box Talent’s wedding entertainment experts know the best, most-trusted bands available and can help you select the ideal entertainment for your wedding ceremony, rehearsal dinner and wedding reception. 6305 Waterford Blvd., Suite 480, Oklahoma City. 405.858.2263

Brava Quartette

String quartette music for weddings, receptions and parties. 6904 E. Forest Ridge Blvd., Broken Arrow. 918.230.6695 or 918.520.0086


An artistic design company offering a variety of services, including murals, live event painting, logo design, caricatures, wedding and event services and more. 1317 E. Sixth St., Tulsa. 918.850.1038.

DJ Connection

Creating memorable experiences for humans since 1999. Award-winning DJs, unlimited time, uplighting and high fives. 1609 S. Boston Ave., Suite 200, Tulsa. 918.481.2010.


Musicians Unlimited by Harpist Elizabeth Alpert

Photo Booth

Professionally trained musicians with 30-plus years of experience for weddings, receptions and engagement events taking care of your musical needs. 918.743.4277, 918.978.9582.

Excellence Photo Booths


Rentals and Supply

Baldridge Photography

Photographers that can grow with you from getting engaged to your wedding and beyond. 918.576.8469.

Captured Images

Specializing in destination wedding photography, Tulsa wedding photography and high-fashion style portraits as well as journalistic, unlimited-time wedding photography, Captured Images believes that your portraits should reflect your style. 918.258.4558. www.

Chris Humphrey Photographer

Chris Humphrey Photographer delivers authentic documentary wedding photography with a hands-off style and an uncanny ability to capture the most memorable moments of your wedding day. 12324 E. 86th St. North, Suite 250, Tulsa. 918.625.4630. www.

Epic Photography

Epic Photography specializes in fully customized package options, award-winning customer service and, most importantly, capturing life’s profound moments in incredible pictures. 5800 E. Skelly Dr., Tulsa. 918.794.2659

Jennifer Edwards Photography Specializing in wedding photography, newborn babies, children, family and seniors. 918.943.6353. www.jenniferedwardsphotography. com

Photographic Memories

Specializing in wedding portraits and engagements. 7312 N. 195th E. Ave., Owasso. 918.671.9712. www.

Registry Belk

Welcome to happily ever after. Browse gifts and pick your favorites. 7309 S. Olympia Ave., Tulsa. 9002 N. 121st East Ave., Suite 900, Owasso. 918.447.6823, 918.272.0062.

Miss Jackson’s

Luxury gifts and home accessories is part of Miss Jackson’s commitment to make life more beautiful. 1974 Utica Square, Tulsa. 918.747.8671.

Saks Fifth Avenue

1780 Utica Square, Tulsa. 918.744.0200. www.saksfifthavenue. com

We are a locally-owned photo booth rental company operating in Oklahoma since 2009. 1408 N. 18th St., Broken Arrow. 918.899.0299.

ABCO Rents

Complete wedding and party rental for rehearsal, ceremony and reception needs. 2033 E. 11th St., Tulsa. 918.583.6557 or 918.584.1030. www.

Parties Plus Productions

Fabrics, chuppahs, mandaps, canopies, stage design, props. 4421 S. 91st E. Ave., Tulsa. 918.401.0361

Zach Downing Entertainment

Complete planning solutions for all your party and reception needs, including DJ, lighting and light design, photo and video booths and live music. 403 S. Cheyenne Ave., Suite 501, Tulsa. 918.382.7278.

Travel Southern Journeys

Vacation and travel experiences have allowed us to send more than 250,000 happy clients to vacation destinations of their choice. 7718 E. 91st St., Suite 260, Tulsa. 4334 NW Expressway, Suite 151, Oklahoma City. 405.607.4863. www.

Videography Captain Video Productions

Offering multiple HD camera coverage and stedicam that discreetly captures your event. Tulsa families have trusted Captain Video Productions with their memories since 1985. 1429 N. Umbrella Ave., Broken Arrow. 918.622.4441. www.

Redeemed Productions

Through HD film and photography, Redeemed Production’s goal is to give the bride and groom not just an amazing video, but an amazing experience from beginning to end. Let us share your story. 8150B S. Harvard Ave., Tulsa. 918.728.9122.

Winery Girouard Vines

Girouard Vines is an urban winery, located in downtown Tulsa, producing the award-winning Tulsa Deco wine brand. The seven wines in the label series are excellent choices for serving at weddings and giving as gifts. Tulsa Deco wines are widely available in Tulsa area retail stores. 817 E. Third St., Tulsa. 918.231.4592.

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January 2014 Oklahoma Magazine  

Oklahoma Magazine presents the 17th annual Oklahoma Wedding issue.

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